Music; Creative Arts
M.M., California State University
B.M., California State University
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Jane Ring Frank
Ms. Frank is one of Boston’s most in demand conductors. From professional freelance CD recording projects to workshops for professional conductors and singers, Ms. Frank continues to direct some of Boston’s best musical ensembles. For twelve years, Frank was the critically acclaimed Artistic Director and Founder of Boston Secession—one of Boston’s premiere professional choral ensembles. Frank’s goal was to bring the audience more deeply into the music, helping them to “hear the music, not the chorus” by creating a uniquely transparent sound, achieved through application of typically orchestral techniques. The Boston Globe called Secession an “extraordinary chorus, notable for its beautiful balance, musical surety, and English-styled straight-toned singing,” while Tom Garvey of the Hub Review praised the ensemble for its “lushly transparent singing conducted with intelligence and wit.”
Ms. 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 premiere 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. In addition to her aggressive conducting responsibilities, Frank is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, and Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church in Winchester. She is pleased to begin her 19th year as Conductor of the Concord Women’s Chorus, a 60-voice ensemble that prides itself on rehearsing and performing challenging, new music written especially for women. As well, she has just been appointed as new Music Director of Cantemus Chamber Chorus, located on Boston’s North Shore. For a number of years, she served as Conductor of E.C.S. Publishing Company’s professional recording choral ensemble, Philovox, as well as a 10-year faculty member at Emerson College.
Frank has conducted and produced two CDs with Boston Secession. Afterlife: German Choral Meditations on Mortality features the works of Distler, Brahms, Bach, and Women’s Studies Research Scholar Ruth Lomon. This debut disc received critical acclaim for its outstanding performance quality in American Record Guide (“The chorus is a very fine one, well blended and excellently in tune. Their performances of often quite difficult music are assured and musical.”), as well as in independent journals and blogs. Frank and Boston Secession’s second CD, Surprised by Beauty: Minimalism in Choral Music, which features works by Lomon, Arvo Pärt, Gavin Bryars, and William Duckworth, were outstandingly reviewed by the New York Times, Gramophone (“On occasion, groups of singers have such great sound they could sing a grocery list and it would still be a worthwhile performance . . . Secession achieves with ease the sound that most chamber choirs, professional or otherwise, merely lust after."), and American Record Guide, along with numerous journals, magazines and blogs.
Ms. Frank is working with the Concord Women’s Chorus to develop a strategic plan over the next 1-2 years, resulting in a national tour (March, 2013), a special commissioning fund and a large-scale Women’s Chorus Festival focused on the music of women composers. As well, Frank will commission Scholar Ruth Lomon to write a new work for Cantemus Chamber Chorus.
Afterlife: German Choral Meditations on Mortality, featuring the works of Johannes Brahms, Hugo Distler, J.S. Bach and scholar Ruth Lomon; The Boston Secession, Jane Ring Frank, Artistic Director, Release Date: March, 2005, Brave Records.
Surprised by Beauty: Minimalism in Choral Music, featuring the works of Ruth Lomon, Gavin Bryars, Arvo Part, and William Duckworth; Boston Secession, Jane Ring Frank, Artistic Director, Release Date: Fall, 2007.