In her two seasons as a musiConnects Resident Musician, Francesca made an incredible impression. As a teacher, she is deeply dedicated to her students, always going above and beyond. One colleague remembers Francesca’s late-night emails - checking on a student, sharing an update about a class, or offering a suggestion - which spoke volumes about her dedication and incredible professionalism.
As a cellist and performing artist, she is extremely skilled, playing with enviable mastery and bringing a keen intelligence, thoughtful perspective, and sophisticated artistry to every situation she encounters.
Do you have a favorite musiConnects memory?
“There are so many highlights I could mention! But the Emotional Strings performance of Ayiti Chérie my first year will also be a particularly special memory.”
Will you be involved with musiConnects going forward? If so, how?
“I will still be teaching some students through the Roslindale Community Partnership program….and I’m sure I’ll drop in [from time to time] to sub [in the Residency Program], so… students, keep practicing! I might be back… hahaha!!”
Do you have a message for your musiConnects students?
“Believe it or not, I’m just a little older than you guys….and if I can impart any wisdom in my “young” age it’s to enjoy your friendships with your musiConnects friends and teachers. Looking back at my life and the paths I’ve taken, I’ve always found myself most-bonded with people who also played instruments… people with this shared experience. It’s a special community that has been my compass at many points of my life, and I hope you’ll come to cherish that community too! Regardless of where your life goals take you, everywhere you go you’ll find people like you, people who put time and attention into music at some point in their lives. I hope your musiConnects experience adds to your own sense of community and self.”
Anything else you’d like to share?
“I’m looking forward to collaborating more with people, and to traveling again (someday!). In the coming months I’ll have some concerts with Castle of Our Skins, so please check out their website for upcoming events. For all my CelloChamps, remember that standing cellist I showed you our last week? Keep an eye out in December… you may see us playing together… I wish I could give goodbye hugs to everyone—so I owe you one at a post-pandemic time! Remind me next time I see you.”