Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Jane Ring Frank

Events: From Poetry to Song: A Musical Exploration

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Jane Ring Frank is in her 25th year as Conductor of the Concord Women’s Chorus, a 60-voice ensemble based in Concord, Massachusetts. Concord Women’s Chorus prides itself on rehearsing and performing challenging, new music written especially for women.

Frank began her conducting career on meeting her conducting mentor, Frank Pooler (then Director of Choral Activities) at California State University, Long Beach. His specialty was avant-garde music and unique programming. At CSULB, she became associate conductor of the 70-voice University Choir, staff pianist, lecturer, and musical director/conductor for the Department of Theatre Arts. She also worked as a repetiteur with professional opera companies in Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles Music Center Opera and the Long Beach Opera Company. Other artistic mentors include Randall Behr (former conductor and music director of the Department of Vocal Arts, Juilliard Opera Center and former resident conductor, Los Angeles Music Center Opera), the late Michael Carson (conductor, Lake George Opera), and Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio).

Frank moved to Boston in 1991 to conduct at Harvard University and five years later founded Boston Secession, one of Boston’s premiere professional choral ensembles. In addition to her aggressive conducting responsibilities, Frank is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church in Winchester, and Artistic Director of Cantemus (a 40-voice chamber chorus located on Boston’s North Shore). For a number of years, she also served as Conductor for E. C. Schirmer Publishing Company’s professional recording choral ensemble, Philovox, and for 10 years, served on Emerson College’s faculty.