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Francis Favis

Tarleton State University
Adjunct Professor of Percussion
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An emerging voice in the realm of contemporary-classical music, Francis Favis (he/him) is a  Texas-based percussionist drawn to unique and unconventional sound worlds. With an affinity  for new music, he has premiered both solo and chamber works, taking him across the United  States and Canada. 

These engagements have occurred at venues and festivals such as the College Music Society International Conference in Vancouver, B.C, Red Note New Music Festival, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, So Percussion Summer Institute, the Canadian Music Centre, Montreal Contemporary  Music Lab and the Toronto Creative Music Lab. A champion of new music, Francis has  commissioned several works from diverse, living composers. Some his collaborators include  Kelley Sheehan, Phong Tran, Cullyn Murphy, Sophie Mathieu, James Tabata, and many more. In  the pursuit of exploring new ground in music, Francis is a founding member of Less Than 10  Music and Soundmap Ensemble, two Austin-based chamber ensembles dedicated to the creation  and performance of new works. 

Equally at home with a large ensemble, Francis has performed with groups like the Heartland Festival Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, the American Festival Pops Orchestra and the Red River Ensemble. He has also been featured on percussion concerti by John Mackey and Michael Daugherty. Francis can be heard on Naxos Records with the Illinois State University Wind Symphony. 

An active educator, Francis is currently an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Tarleton State  University, where he is director of the Tarleton Drumline. He also maintains an active private  studio in Ft. Worth. Previous appointments include being the Instructor for the Longhorn Band  Drumline at the University of Texas, director of the Longhorn Percussion Ensemble, as well as  being a Teaching Assistant for their renowned Band Department. 

Francis earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He  holds additional degrees in Music Performance from George Mason University (MM), and  Illinois State University (BM). His primary teachers include David Collier, John Kilkenny, John  Spirtas, and Thomas Burritt.