In the world of choral music
Ring Frank is a conductor's conductor. Her orchestral command of
ensemble, her acute sense of intonation and sound coloring, her
relentlessly scholarly preparation, and her sparkling sense of humor
come together to create a unique choral concert experience-for
performers and audiences alike.
accomplished pianist and conductor, Ring Frank started her career in
Los Angeles as assistant to Prof. Frank Pooler, an important choral
innovator known for championing new music and experimental performance
techniques. With degrees in accompanying and conducting, she began her
professional career as associate conductor of the 70-voice University
Choir, staff pianist, lecturer, and musical director/conductor for the
Department of Theatre Arts at California State University, Long Beach.
Frank moved to Boston in 1991 to conduct at Harvard University. Five
years later she founded Boston Secession on the program of Gustav
Klimt's Vienna Secession of a hundred years ago: bringing
uncompromising art and innovation to the people through public
performances. Ring Frank and her 25-member vocal art ensemble achieve
this through rich, uniquely-themed programs and exquisitely realized
Boston Secession was
founded with the belief that vocal music is a uniquely powerful way to
share intellectual ideas and has the power, above all arts, to create
community. Its mission is to create, through its superlative
performances, a deeper connection between the audience and the
In addition to her Secession Artistic Director responsibilities, Ring Frank is Conductor of Philovox, publishing house E.C. Schirmer's resident professional recording chorus. She is a Resident Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, a faculty member at Emerson College, Director of Music at the First Congregational Church in Winchester, and Conductor of the Concord Women's Chorus, a 50-voice women's chorus.
In the Spring of 2005, Ring Frank conducted and produced her first CD with Boston Secession - Afterlife: German Choral Meditations on Mortality. Featuring the works of Distler, Brahms, Bach and composer-in-residence Ruth Lomon, this debut disc has received critical acclaim for its outstanding performance quality. In June of 2007, Ring Frank and Boston Secession recorded a second CD, Surprised by Beauty: Minimalism in Choral Music. The disc features works by Ruth Lomon, Arvo Pärt, Gavin Bryars, and William Duckworth.