Cary John Franklin is a conductor of broad experience, having worked extensively in the fields of orchestral music and opera. Mr. Franklin is the Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and has taught at Minnesota State University and at Macalester College where he conducted the Macalester Orchestra. He is a former Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He has guest conducted the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and the Washington National Opera. Cary John Franklin is also a nationally recognized composer with commissions and performances from the Minnesota Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Washington National Opera, VocalEssence, Chanticleer and the Dale Warland Singers.
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