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Jeffrey Francom is associate professor and coordinator of the choral area at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he directs the Crane Chorus, Hosmer Choir and Men's Ensemble, and teaches courses in conducting and choral methods. He serves on the faculty of Crane Youth Music and was previously the director of the Potsdam Community Chorus. Under his direction, the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra appear annually on public television stations in 26 states. He recently conducted world premieres of works for chorus and orchestra by William Averitt, Michael Sitton and Gregory Wanamaker, as well as the U.S. premiere of Ben Parry's Flame. In 2014, the Crane Men's Ensemble was featured on the Delos album All the Heart of Me: The Choral Music of Margaret Ruthven Lang.
Previously, Dr. Francom resided on Long Island where he directed the Stony Brook Camerata Singers and the Babylon Chorale. He taught at two Suffolk County Community College campuses, and conducted performances with the Suffolk Singers and College Choir. He was the recipient of Stony Brook University's Ackerman Prize, as well as the Ralph Vaughan Williams Research Fellowship sponsored by the Carthusian Trust. Dr. Francom has been the guest conductor of many county and regional all-state choirs, and has conducted opera and musical theater productions with Stony Brook Opera, the Lynn Clark Summertime Players and Bellport High School. For three years, Dr. Francom was the choral director at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
As a conductor, singer, and concerto soloist on piano, Dr. Francom has collaborated with orchestras across the country, including the New West Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony. He has prepared choirs for Helmuth Rilling, Ann Howard Jones, Christof Perick, Larry Rachleff and others; for performances on the SUNY Potsdam campus and at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. He has conducted and presented at NYSSMA conferences and currently serves as a board member of NY-ACDA. Dr. Francom holds degrees in conducting from Stony Brook University (DMA) and the University of Florida (MM), and in piano performance from Utah State University.