ROBERT FRANZ, associate conductor of the Houston Symphony since the start of the 2008-09 season, has signed a two-year contract extending his tenure in that post through May 2012. Franz is also music director of the Boise (Idaho) Philharmonic and the Mansfield (Ohio) Symphony. Before coming to Houston he held staff conducting posts at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra, both of which were honored with the ASCAP/League of American Orchestras Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming partly on the strength of his work at those two institutions. Franz is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, which awarded him a master’s degree in conducting in 1992 and a bachelor’s in oboe performance in 1990.
Posted May 14, 2010