Daniel Duffy serves as Director of Bands at Waukesha West High School and is the Music Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Philharmonia. His educational background includes a master’s degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree in music education from The Ohio State University. His principal conducting teachers include Eugene Corporon and Craig Kirchhoff, and he received additional instruction from Frank Battisti, Donald Hunsberger, H. Robert Reynolds, and Jack Stamp. Prior to arriving in Waukesha in 2001, Mr. Duffy spent the 2000 academic year as Associate Director of Bands at Kansas State University, where he was Conductor of the K-State Concert Band, Assistant Director of the 300-member Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band, and taught survey courses in American Music. From 1985-2000, Mr. Duffy was music director at high schools in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Sandusky, Ohio, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and he was a graduate conducting associate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Duffy’s ensembles have received critical acclaim at regional and national performance events since 1985. Ensembles under his direction have been selected to perform at three WMEA State Music Conferences, eight NBA State Conventions, and four NFL half-time shows. He has also coordinated performance tours in New Orleans, Dallas, St. Louis, Orlando, Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York City. Passionate about the achievement of excellence through performance, Mr. Duffy served on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter where he was the Wisconsin All-State Band Coordinator. He has served as percussion section coach of the Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Project and he was the horn instructor for the Arrowhead summer music program. Mr. Duffy was also an Assistant Conductor for MYSO’s Summer Wind Ensemble in 2013 and 2014.Less
It is with sadness that we share with you the news of the passing of our colleague and friend, Jerry Franke, who was most recently MYSO’s Philharmonia string advisor and longtime violin section coach. Mr. Franke held the title of assistant concertmaster and was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for more than 30 years. He was a mentor, teacher, and friend to MYSO and to hundreds of our students over many decades, and devoted his passion to teaching, among other pursuits. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MYSO Jerome Franke Memorial Scholarship fund to celebrate his love of teaching.
From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Jerome (Jerry) Lothair Franke, age 70, of Fox Point and Appleton, died on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Horizon’s Lawlis Family Hospice. Jerry was born July 31, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois, and studied violin at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Jerry moved to Milwaukee in the early 1970s and was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years. He held the title of Assistant Concertmaster and performed as a violin soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions. Jerry was a dedicated and thoughtful teacher. He coached, advised, and adjudicated for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and maintained a robust private teaching studio throughout his musical career. Jerry’s passions included racing his Porsche, gardening, cooking, watching baseball (White Sox and Brewers), telling jokes, and collecting art. He was interested in Japanese prints, Pre-Columbian artifacts, Persian rugs, Outsider art, and Indian bronzes. He is survived by his son Jay Franke, step-son Shields Bergstrom, sisters Terrye Cortesi and Karen Franke, and significant other Samantha George. In lieu of flowers, donations to the MYSO Jerome Franke Memorial Scholarship may be sent to: Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, 325 W. Walnut Street Milwaukee, WI 53212.
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