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Meet the Music Director

 

Andrea LaFranzo

Music Director and Founder

Conductor and cellist Andrea LaFranzo has served the Chicago area for 19 years as a performer and teacher.  Andrea received her degree in cello performance from The Boston Conservatory.  She has performed in a number of ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Orchestra, Quincy Symphony, New England Philharmonic, and Illinois Chamber Symphony.  Additional, Mrs. LaFranzo has served as guest conductor for several Boston ensembles, focusing on collaboration in premieres of new works.  Andrea made her solo debut on the Concert Hall Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC performing with the National Symphony SMI Orchestra.

Mrs. LaFranzo has dedicated a great deal of her life and career to music education both with our youth and with adult learners.  She has a large cello studio in Warrenville and Elburn where students have gone on to successful music careers of their own, or have continued a life-long relationship with their instrument and music.  Andrea presently directs the Fox Valley Youth Orchestra, and is principal cellist of the Fox Valley Orchestra.  She has newly been appointed adjunct instructor of strings at Aurora University, directing the AU String Ensemble.

Photo credit: Nissa Sampson