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About Cary John Franklin

Franklin is current conductor of the Macalester Wind Ensemble and the Macalester Symphonic Band. He is a graduate of Macalester College and received his Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Minnesota. He also studied at the Aspen Music School.
Franklin is a conductor of broad experience having worked extensively in the fields of orchestral music and opera. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and has guest conducted the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and for the Washington Opera. He is also the former Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He 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 Opera, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, Chanticleer and the Dale Warland Singers.
B.A., Macalester College
M.M., University of Minnesota
Franklin has been teaching at Macalester since 2003.


Research Interests

Conducting and Composition

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  • Music Theory
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble

Contact Information

Macalester College
Music 102
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6540