Esteemed conductor to join Monash

Dobbs Franks

Dobbs Franks

World renowned conductor Dobbs Franks, has been appointed to the School of Music – Conservatorium as their Coordinator of the Classical Voice program.

Mr Franks, an American conductor living in Melbourne, has a career spanning over 50 years, conducting symphony, opera, ballet, music theatre and chamber ensembles. He is also an accomplished vocal, conducting and piano teacher.

Head of the School of Music, Robert Burke, said Mr Franks appointment was the culmination of an extensive international search.

“Dobbs Franks has always enjoyed working with young talent all over the world including extensive teaching stints at the famed Julliard School of Music in New York. He now will be able to give back the years of experience and expertise to the singers of the future at Monash University which is very important to Dobbs,” Mr Burke said.

“He knows that Monash will continue to be the place that all young singers will dream of attending to fine tune their talents.”

Mr Franks' Australian work includes the Australian premier of West Side Story (1960), Porgey and the Bess (1965) and the world premiere of Richard Meale’s opera, Mer de Glace (1991). 

He has been the music director of the Australian Ballet, Tasmanian Symphony and the West Australian Ballet, the conductor of Opera Australia and the Head of Music of the Australian Opera Studio.  

He has performed extensively in the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Scotland, England, Switzerland, Greece, Israel, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and New Zealand. 

Mr Franks will take up his new role at the beginning of Semester 1, 2012.