Case Western Reserve University, DMA, Early Music Performance
University of New Hampshire, MM, Voice
National Pedagogical University of Colombia, BM, Music Education
Professional Education License, State of Illinois, Music K-12
Graduate Research Grant, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU
Colombia’s Ministry of Culture Scholarship, Graduate Studies, CWRU
Fulbright Scholarship, Graduate Studies, UNH
Francy Acosta is a singer and Music Educator based in the Chicago area. She initiated her activities as a performer and teacher in her native Bogotá (Colombia) and later went on to pursue graduate studies in the United States. She has taught voice (solo & ensembles), general music, World & Latin American Music, and music history in Colombia and the US. With EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, a musical group of which she is co-founder and co-director, she performs European pre-classical repertoires as well as music from Colombia and other Latin American countries. Ad-Hoc’s latest collaborations include “A Mexican Christmas” with the Newberry Consort and a program of Spanish Renaissance with the Mignarda Ensemble. Ms. Acosta has been a faculty member of Merit School of Music for the past ten years.
“What a Wonderful World” by Bob Thiele & George Weiss, performed by Louis Armstrong, is one of the best pieces ever conceived.
“Research has shown that the discipline necessary to learn music and play an instrument helps create new connections in the brain, making it better prepared to learn any subject. Music stimulates our creativity, moves us, helps us connect with others. Students will find the right balance between rigorous and fun at Merit.”