Marguerite Richardson, D.M.
Marguerite Richardson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music degree from the University of South Carolina, and the Doctor of Music degree from The Florida State University. Her teachers include Eliot Chapo, John Bauer (violin and viola), David Cerone, Ronald Gorevic, Kochira Harada, and Pamela Ryan (viola). Dr. Richardson has performed symphonic and chamber music throughout the United States, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and China. She is currently a violinist in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in performances of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, Vivaldi’s Summer Concerto from The Four Seasons, and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins. Dr. Richardson has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician in several venues in the north Florida area, including the St. Augustine Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Good Shepherd, and the Friday Musicale.
Dr. Richardson joined the faculty of Jacksonville University in the fall of 2007, where she is Associate Professor of Strings and serves as Music Director of the Jacksonville University Orchestra. She teaches courses in orchestral conducting, violin/viola pedagogy and violin/viola literature. Dr. Richardson is actively involved as both a violin and viola performer at JU, appearing regularly on faculty and student recitals. Under her direction, the Jacksonville University Orchestra is a vibrant ensemble that performs repertoire of diverse musical styles. In addition to presenting four major concerts each year, the JU Orchestra has also participated in sound track recordings for the JU Film Department and collaborations with opera, musical theater, and choral productions, as well as off-campus performances in the Jacksonville area. The JU Orchestra regularly showcases compositions by faculty and students. Dr. Richardson is a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA), and the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), where she currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Southeastern Division.
Dr. Richardson’s additional conducting experience includes the University of North Florida Orchestra (a program which she created) and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra (Associate Conductor), where she developed the Premiere Strings Orchestra and later served as conductor of the Repertory Orchestra. In the summer of 2016, Dr. Richardson participated in the International Conductor’s Festival held at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where she conducted the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra from Manchester, England.
In the summers of 2012 and 2014, Dr. Richardson was a Visiting Foreign Scholar at Beifang University (Yin Chuan, Ningxia Province, China) and, in 2012, a Visiting Professor of Ningxia Teachers University (Guyuan, Ningxia Province, China). In China, Dr. Richardson taught master classes and private lessons in both violin and viola, conducted the Beifang University Orchestra, and presented solo recitals.
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.