The East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra announces Jeremy Francisco as music director. Mr. Francisco has served as the ETSO’s conductor for several years and has supported the orchestra’s mission to provide world-class symphonic music to the East Tennessee Valley community.
The Yukon, OK native completed post graduate work in Choral Conducting at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. He also has an undergraduate degree from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, and a Master of Music degree from Belmont University in Nashville.
Mr. Francisco’s 20 years of conducting experience includes arts education programming and music curriculum planning for K-16 students and music festival coordination.
For the past several years, Mr. Francisco has served as a frequent clinician at music festivals across the country. He serves as music director of Chamber Music Weekend and At First Sight, a sight reading boot camp for young string players, both held annually at Southern Adventist University. Mr. Francisco’s performing ensembles have toured Jamaica, Canada, Mexico, Germany and throughout the United States.
His most recent concerts with the ETSO include the Spring 2019 concert Brahm’s Requiem and the Fall 2018 concert featuring the music of Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. Francisco says he is proud to lead the ETSO’s music program and looks forward sharing his passion for music with the Ooltewah-Collegedale community in future concerts.
“The symphony is a place where all of our worries from the daily grind can be laid aside for a while,” Francisco says. “It’s a place where we can come together as a community and create something beautiful.”
In his spare time, Francisco enjoys photography, birding, camping and making music with family and friends. He resides in Ooltewah with his wife, Ellen, who teaches strings at Southern Adventist University, and son, Nathan, who shares his father’s love for music.