Director of Children’s Choirs
Conductor and bass-baritone Dusty Francis enjoys an active career as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator in the New York metropolitan area and across the country. He currently serves as Music Director of the Park Slope Singers and of the Ars Musica Chorale; Founding Artistic Director of the New Jersey State Children’s Chorus; Associate Conductor of the New York City Master Chorale; and Director of Children’s Choirs at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. Francis holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Edward Maclary and James Ross.
When not on the conducting podium, Francis can often be heard singing with some of the country’s finest professional choral ensembles, including the GRAMMY-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra, the Atlanta-based Skylark Vocal Ensemble, and the Manhattan Chorale. He has sung under such visionary conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Christoph Eschenbach, Matthew Halls, Paul Goodwin, and Rinaldo Alessandrini in such revered venues as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Chartres Cathedral, and The National Theater of Korea.
In addition to his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland, Francis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, graduating summa cum laude. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. A native of Ohio, he currently resides in Manhattan.