As Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony, Robert Franz leads the Symphony in a broad range of creative educational and family concerts. Winner of two “Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming” accolades presented by ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), Robert galvanizes young audiences with programming celebrating the diverse cultural make up of Greater Houston. Highlights include the world premiere of music from the iconic TV series Schoolhouse Rock! for orchestra. During his tenure, attendance at educational concerts has almost doubled. Reaching out to the community, Robert led highly successful side-by-side events giving musicians from the Texas Medical Center Orchestra and the Houston Civic Symphony the opportunity to perform with the Houston Symphony.
Robert also serves as music director of the Boise Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony Orchestra and The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra. In increasing demand as a guest conductor, his upcoming and recent guest conducting engagements include The Cleveland Orchestra; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; St. Louis, Phoenix and Victoria Symphonies; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in Italy.
Robert received his master’s degree in conducting and his bachelor’s degree in oboe performance, both from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
When he’s not on the podium, Franz is an avid runner and a proponent of the Alexander technique as a way to move mindfully through life. For more information, please visit www.robertfranz.com.