Dr. Sandra Franks, soprano, is heard regularly in recitals, chamber music concerts and choral works in the Mid-South area. As a soloist, she has performed with Opera Memphis, the Oxford Community Chorus, the Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale and as a recitalist with the Memphis Chamber Music Society. Her operatic roles include Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, Susannah in Floyd’s Susannah and Diana in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers. Mozart roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.
As a Singing Voice Specialist and Vocal Pedagogue, Sandra specializes in the care of the professional voice. She maintains a private voice studio of students with diverse musical styles, assists in diagnosis of voice patients referred by several physicians in the area, and directs research projects, seminars and masterclasses throughout the Southeast. On several occasions, she has been on the faculty and presented research projects at The Voice Foundation’s Symposium on the Care of the Professional Voice. Dr. Franks is also a contributor to the book, The Larynx, edited by Robert H. Ossoff.
Dr. Franks has been on the faculty of the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, where her responsibilities included teaching voice and undergraduate and graduate vocal pedagogy. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Voice at Rhodes College and currently serves as the Treasurer for the Memphis Chapter of NATS. Dr. Franks is also the coordinator of Children’s choir program at Germantown Presbyterian Church. She spends a portion of each summer working with young singers in the Opera Memphis Opera Conservatory program.
M.M., Louisiana State University
D.M.A., University of Mississippi