Dr. Graeme Francis is currently Adjunct Professor of Percussion at The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, where he teaches percussion and drum set lessons and is the director of the Percussion Ensemble. Previously, Dr. Francis served as Percussion Lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2006 to 2016, where he also taught Rock and Roll History, Jazz History, and was the founding member, drummer, and director of the UTSA Faculty Jazz Combo. He was nominated for UTSA's 2016 President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching.
His orchestral career encompasses the San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Opera, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, Mid-Texas Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Prince Edward Island Symphony, and Rome Festival Orchestra, in addition to a multitude of chamber ensembles such as the American Repertory Ensemble, Revel, and SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
Dr. Francis has performed both in Canada and the United States as one half of the Schumann-Francis piano/percussion duo, whose live performances from the Victoria Bach Festival have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media’s Performance Today. The Austin Critic's Table named the Schumann-Francis Duo one of the Top Ten Classical Musical Treasures of 2011.
A native of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Mr. Francis received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin. His percussion teachers include Jill Ball, Thomas Burritt, Doug Howard, Kalman Cherry, Ed Smith, Tony Edwards, Brannen Temple, Daniel Glass, and Carl Allen.