Frances C. Roberts is the founding conductor of the Long Island Philharmonic Chorus. She received her undergraduate education at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, studying piano with James Ball and choral music with Helen Hosmer, Carl Druba and Brock McElheran. Extensive accompanying opportunities, as well as concerto performances led her to pursue a Master of Music from Boston University, where she studied with Bela Nagy, Abraham Kaplan and Allen Lannom, and accompanied for Roman Totenberg and Chloe Owen. Subsequently she studied with Alton Jones in New York, did graduate work at Westminster Choir College and Hofstra University, and accompanied at the Metropolitan Opera Studio.  Since then, she has accompanied for the Gregg Smith Singers, and for renowned conductors Margaret Hillis and Donald Neuen. 

 

 As an advocate for the arts as a means to understanding among peoples, and the spirit of community which is inherent in the choral organizations she champions, Mrs. Roberts has founded, and continues to conduct three large choral organizations. Besides the Long Island Philharmonic Chorus, Mrs. Roberts is the founding Music Director and Conductor of the 60-voice Long Island Masterworks Chorus. This organization presents concerts at the highest level, and has commissioned and performed two new major choral works — one a benefit for Breast Cancer Research, and the other a Memorial to Survivors and Victims of the Holocaust. 

 

In 2001, Mrs. Roberts founded The Long Island Choral Festival and Institute — a summer music festival which draws singers from all over Long Island as well as from dozens of states. Sponsored by the Masterworks, and in collaboration with Adelphi University, the festival offers workshops for graduate credit, two choruses for young people, and a week of rehearsals of major works for adults.  The week culminates in performances for all groups accompanied by the professional Festival Orchestra.

 

The Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs has recognized Mrs. Roberts for her commitment to the arts as she completed six years of service on the Citizens Advisory Board. The State University at Potsdam Crane School of Music honored her as outstanding alumnus in the professional field, and she  was honored as “Woman of the Year in the Arts” by Women on the Job. Most recently, Mrs. Roberts was recognized as an "Everyday Hero" by Newsday.

 

Mrs. Roberts makes her home in Northport with her husband, where she teaches voice and coaches singers from her studio there.  She continues an active performance schedule as conductor, clinician and accompanist.

 
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