About Ms. Francis
California native, Kate Francis, started violin at the age of 4. Switching to the viola in high school she attended University of Michigan and received her degree in viola performance and string pedagogy, studying with Itzack Schotten and Robert Culver. Kate completed her Masters in Viola Performance at San Francisco State University, studying with Paul Yarbrough and the Alexander String Quartet.
Kate has taught grades k-12 string orchestra throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Francis is credited with growing and reestablishing the string programs at Lincoln Performing Arts High School in San Jose, CA and R.J. Fisher Middle School in Los Gatos, CA.
Ms. Francis is passionate about string pedagogy and giving every student the opportunity to be a musician regardless of their background.
In 2009 Ms. Francis was awarded with a Fullbright-Hayes Scholarship where she traveled through Mexico studying Mexican Folk Music. In 2015 Kate was named Orchestra Teacher of the Year by the California Music Educators Association, and in 2018 Kate was presented with a Distinguished Employee Award by the Los Gatos Union School District.
Kate has guest conducted several honor orchestras throughout California including the CMEA Bay Section Honor Orchestra and the Kings County-Tulare Honor Orchestra.
Ms. Francis has served as the California Orchestra Directors Association President, CMEA (California Music Educators Association) Orchestra Representative, CMEA Bay Section Orchestra Representative, and the NAfME Western Division Orchestra Council Representative.
In addition to Kate performed regularly with the Cambrian Symphony and the Mission Chamber Orchestra in Silicon Valley.
When not teaching or studying up on string pedagogy Kate can be found adventuring through town with her husband Nathan and their 5 year old son Thomas.