Jerome Franke, Assistant Concertmaster Emeritus of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, is currently a string advisor for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Franke studied violin with Scott Willits, who was the first American representative of the great violin pedagog Sevcik. During his twenty-five-year tenure as Assistant Concertmaster, Mr. Franke was a frequent soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on tour and at home. A number of his performances were recorded for the Milwaukee Symphony’s nationally syndicated radio broadcasts. Mr. Franke has also served as Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as soloist with numerous regional orchestras.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Franke was the founder of the Cedarburg Chamber Ensemble. Under the auspices of “Present Music,” he was a founding member of Quartet Dubuffet. As a cross-over artist, Mr. Franke was a soloist and string coordinator for Narada records and played electric violin in the Grammy-nominated David Arkenstone Band. Mr. Franke has also been a violin instructor and conductor of the Chamber Strings at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Mr. Franke also teaches a large class of private students. His private students have been accepted to conservatories and universities including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Lawrence University, Oberlin College, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, State University of New York-Fredonia, Iowa State University and Colorado College and music festivals such as Aspen, Aria, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, Kinhaven, Quartet Program, Meadowmount, Brevard, Colorado Music Festival, Green Lake Chamber Music Workshop, Indiana University Summer String Institute.
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