Marguerite Richardson, D.M.
Marguerite Richardson holds a BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a MM from the University of South Carolina, and a DM from The Florida State University. She has served as a full-time violinist in the Jacksonville Symphony and as Associate Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Currently, Dr. Richardson is Associate Professor of Strings at Jacksonville University (JU). At JU, she teaches the violin and viola studios, and is the conductor of the Jacksonville University Orchestra. In 2012 and 2014, Dr. Richardson was a Visiting Foreign Scholar at Beifang University (Yin Chuan, China) where she presented solo recitals, taught master classes and private lessons, and worked with the Beifang University Orchestra. In 2016, Dr. Richardson was selected to participate in the International Conductor’s Festival—Danville, Kentucky, where she conducted the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra (UK). In February of 2017, Dr. Richardson made her international conducting debut with the Piccadilly Symphony in Manchester, UK. She has twice been selected as a presenter at the National Conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association (2014 and 2017). Dr. Richardson has been conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville since the fall of 2016.
Rose Francis, M.M.
Civic Orchestra Assistant Conductor, Rose Francis, holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education and a Masters of Music in Conducting from the University of North Florida. In addition to serving as the first Civic Orchestra Assistant Conductor, she is also an adjunct faculty member at UNF and the Orchestra Director at Pine Forest Magnet School of the Arts. Ms Francis has been a driving force in developing music programs around Jacksonville. She founded a Lavilla School of the Arts preparatory after school course and helped establish a partnership string pedagogy course with Douglas Anderson orchestra director Brian Griffin. Francis started her musical career as a young violin student in Brevard County and continues to play and perform in addition to her conducting duties.