Music Performance and Composition
Francesca studied classical piano through the Certificate Program at Peabody Preparatory from 1985-1996 and classical violin from 1988-1992. At Goucher College, she continued to feed her passion for music by studying Ethnomusicology, Classical Voice and African Drumming.
She has taught music at Sheridan School (K through 8) as well as gave private instrumental lessons and co-directed school musicals. Francesca was CityDance Ensemble’s Composer in Residence from 2000 – 2004 and won an award for “Excellence in Sound Design / Original Composition” for “Prism” during the 2002 Metro DC Dance Awards. Her original musical compositions have been released on CD as well as performed internationally in small venues and festivals. Compositions include solo and ensemble (including choral) works created for voice, violin, piano / keyboard, percussion (djembe, tongue drum, claves, chimes and non-traditional), fujara, flute, and computer (electronic music). In 2006, Francesca collaborated with PJ Acayan to compose an original sound-track for the full evening length performance, “Ellesmere” for the Millennium Stage Local Dance Commission Project.
From 2010 - 2014, Francesca performed (on violin) with the Tango Mercurio’s Tango Orchestra. Most recently, she created music for her interdisciplinary dance and film projects, including "Malleus Maleficarum" (2017), "The Immured Woman"(2018), "Shadow" (2020), and "Put the Devil Back In Hell". Francesca's "The Immured Woman" album is available here: The Immured Woman Album.
In 2020, Francesca composed music for several short films, including "SHADOW" and "Put the Devil Back In Hell" which have won awards at Film Festivals. She is working composing music for another short film for Synetic Motion Pictures set to premiere in 2021.
She loves to play Eastern European folk music with her family and significant other and is composing music for independent films and choreographic projects.
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