Robert Franz

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Robert Franz Conducting at the Fairbanks Festival
Robert in front of Denali
In his six years as Music Director of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, Robert Franz has provided artistic experiences for talented amateur musicians and students alike, at this “very” northern music festival. This season the Festival Orchestra, under Franz’ direction performed Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “Reformation” and Bernstein’s Candide Suite. In addition to conducting the orchestra each year, Franz initiated a partnership with other festival artists including vocalists, dancers, and composers to work side-by-side with professional musicians. During his third season at Fairbanks, Franz led the orchestra in a historic collaboration with the Denali Arts & Humanities Alliance who hosted them as the first ensemble to ever perform inside Denali National Park.
The “Art of Conducting” workshop, created by Franz last season, provides an opportunity for practicing conductors as well as those who have always wanted to explore the world of the conductor to study with Maestro Franz. Using a holistic approach to music making, the workshop allows participants to gain experience at the podium conducting a professional ensemble while fostering growth of the artist within.