As founder, director and conductor for the New Resonance Orchestra, Francis aims to bring classical music to the people of New Orleans in unusual venues, from warehouses to parks to bars. He regularly collaborates with community musical groups in the city, including the Fleur-de-Lys Chamber Orchestra and the New Orleans Civic Symphony.
He has conducted several world premiere operas, including Jefferson and Poe by Damon Ferrante at New York’s Symphony Space and Bang the Law by Jonathan Freilich. He is a lecturer in music history at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, where he teaches courses in music theory, music appreciation, 20th century music and the history of rock and roll.
He completed his Masters in Orchestral Conducting at Peabody Conservatory in May 2005, and in 2006 spent six months as an intern with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also served as Assistant Conductor with the Baltimore Opera Company and the Columbia Orchestra in Maryland.