Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank, who joined Cantemus in the fall of 2011, is one of Boston’s most in-demand conductors.
From professional CD recording projects to workshops for professional conductors and singers, Ms. Frank continues to direct some of Boston’s best musical ensembles. For twelve years, she was the critically acclaimed Artistic Director and Founder of Boston Secession – one of Boston’s premiere professional choral ensembles. The Boston Globe called Secession an “extraordinary chorus, notable for its beautiful balance, musical surety, and English-styled straight-toned singing,” while Tom Garvey of the Hub Review praised the ensemble for its “lushly transparent singing conducted with intelligence and wit.”
Ms. Frank began her conducting career at California State University, Long Beach, where she became associate conductor of the premiere 70-voice University Choir, staff pianist, lecturer, and musical director/conductor for the Department of Theatre Arts. She also worked as a répétiteur with professional opera companies in Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles Music Center Opera and the Long Beach Opera Company. Other artistic mentors include the late Randall Behr (former conductor and music director of the Department of Vocal Arts, Juilliard Opera Center, and former resident conductor, Los Angeles Music Center Opera), the late Michael Carson (conductor, Lake George Opera), and Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio).
Frank moved to Boston in 1991 to conduct at Harvard University and five years later founded Boston Secession. She is currently Artistic Director of the Concord Women’s Chorus and Minister of Music and Worship Arts at the First Congregational Church in Winchester. She has recently retired from Brandeis University, after 21 years as a Senior Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center. She recently produced the late Ruth Lomon’s CD Shadowing, an acclaimed recording of the composer and Brandeis Scholar’s piano works. She also co-produced and co-edited three CDs with Laury Gutiérrez and Rumbarroco: Rumbarroco: Latinas Infusion, Latin-Baroque Fusion and I’ve Found a New Baby: Baroque Meets Afro-Latin Jazz. Currently, she is a part-time resident guest conductor at the Gitameit Music Centre in Yangon, Myanmar.
For a number of years, she served as Conductor of E.C.S. Publishing Company’s professional recording choral ensemble, Philovox, and was a 10-year faculty member at Emerson College. She has guest conducted and taught at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Ms. Frank has conducted and produced two CDs with Boston Secession. Afterlife: German Choral Meditations on Mortality features works of Distler, Brahms, Bach, and Ruth Lomon. This debut disc received critical acclaim for its outstanding performance quality in American Record Guide (“The chorus is a very fine one, well blended and excellently in tune. Their performances of often quite difficult music are assured and musical”), as well as in independent journals and blogs. Ms. Frank and Boston Secession’s second CD, Surprised by Beauty: Minimalism in Choral Music, which features works by Lomon, Arvo Pärt, Gavin Bryars and William Duckworth, were outstandingly reviewed by the New York Times, Gramophone (“On occasion, groups of singers have such great sound they could sing a grocery list and it would still be a worthwhile performance… Secession achieves with ease the sound that most chamber choirs, professional or otherwise, merely lust after”) and American Record Guide, along with numerous journals, magazines and blogs.