Francine studied classical violin with Helen Ayres at the University of Melbourne (2007-2012) and baroque violin with Lucy van Dael and Walter Reiter at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague (2017-18). During her formative years Francine attended the MacRobertson Girls High School, Victoria's only academically selective entry school for girls, where she was fortunate enough to participate in the school's vibrant and high quality music program. In 2006 she was accepted into the junior academy program at the elite Australian National Academy of Music wherein she took lessons from Mark Mogheilevski and Alice Waten, chamber music lessons with Monica Curro, and participated in weekly performances and masterclasses with visiting international pedagogues. She was awarded the Graeme Askew Memorial Scholarship for Music in 2000, various awards for music and contribution to the music program at MacRob, as well as several prizes in local music eisteddfods.
While studying for her undergraduate music degree, she concurrently completed an Arts degree in Social Science and Gender Studies. In her final year she received first class honours for her dissertation exploring the experience of music performance anxiety in adolescent music students. The findings of this were later presented at the Australian Society for Performing Arts Health conference in Brisbane in 2013.
After graduating Francine worked as a freelance violinist and violist across Australia, while building up her presence as a string pedagogue. She held teaching positions at numerous schools across Victoria and Queensland, most notably heading the strings program at the Cairns Hinterland Steiner School between 2013 and 2016. She was fortunate enough to conduct the Cairns String Orchestra between 2014 and 2016, growing the ensemble from small beginnings to a multi-stage, dynamic training orchestra for young people. Keen to provide more educational opportunities for regional string students in the area, in 2016 Francine started the biannual Cairns String Orchestra Workshops, orchestral training intensives for young string players working with mentors from around Australia. Francine has also worked as an orchestral tutor with the Victorian Department of Education's "State School Spectacular," Melbourne Youth Orchestras, Geelong Summer Music Camp, and the Blackburn Summer String Workshop.
In 2017 Francine relocated to The Netherlands where she studied historical violin at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, performing as a baroque violinist/violist in numerous projects around the Netherlands and Germany.
In 2019 she moved to Cambridge, United Kingdom where she now directs the classroom and instrumental music program at the Cambridge Steiner School, as well as running a busy teaching studio within Cambridgeshire and Greater London. She also holds teaching positions with Dunedin School of Music and runs adult violin group courses for the Mawson Road Community Orchestra. In 2020 she organised and conducted the inaugural Half Term Music School, which offered a four day orchestral workshop for young string students to expand their skills.
She is in Francine is in high demand as a music teacher - teaching violin and viola to a high level, as well as beginner cello and piano. Her teaching is well thought out, with a strong emphasis on a linear and directed progression through technical development, as well as concurrent development of high level musicianship and aural training. Francine teaches all ages and abilities using a variety of different methodologies, including traditional exam syllabuses, the Suzuki method, and Kodaly.
Bachelor of Early Music, Royal Conservatoire of the Hague
Bachelor of Music (Hons.), University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts (Social Science), University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma in Counselling (ACAP)
200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification
Associate Musicianship Diploma (Australia)