Robert Franz is described as ‘an outstanding musician with profound intelligence.’ He serves as music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, associate conductor of the Houston Symphony, and artistic advisor of the Boise Baroque Orchestra.
His appeal as a first-rate conductor and enthusiastic award-winning educator is acclaimed by critics, composers and audiences of all ages. Honored with awards for his visionary leadership to the arts, he has achieved success by focusing on high artistic standards, building bridges in his communities, and dedication to music education.
Franz is in increasing demand as a guest conductor, appearing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Italy’s Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, North Carolina Symphony, Opera Idaho, Phoenix Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and St. Louis Symphony. Franz holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Alejandro Gomez Guillen
An accomplished baroque and modern player, Alejandro Gómez Guillén leads Mozart and Haydn concertos from the violin. He may be familiar to Signature Symphony at TCC patrons after appearing in Nov. 2019 as conductor/guest artist for Mozart’s Prague Symphony. He is in his fifth season as artistic director and conductor of Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of Sphere Ensemble and acting concertmaster/principal second violin of Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale. He previously served as Associate Conductor of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Guillén has served as Assistant Professor at Colorado Mesa University, Music Director of Colorado Youth Philharmonia, and led performances with Off Broadway School of Fine Arts, Javeriana University Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Youth Symphony, and University of Colorado Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder and two Master of Music degrees in conducting and violin performance from the same school as well as a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Texas Christian University.
Scott Seaton has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, innovative programming, and community and youth outreach and is in his fifth season as music director of the North State Symphony in Northern California. He is also principal conductor of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra. Since his international debut in 2007 with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Seaton has conducted orchestras spanning North America, South America, and Europe. Seaton won the 2011 INTERAKTION competition and was given the opportunity to conduct an orchestra composed of all of Germany’s top orchestras.
Seaton is an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music conducting numerous premieres in recent years along with curating programs and championing music by living composers. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Université de Montréal, a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University. He has also studied at Tanglewood and the National Conducting Institute sponsored by the National Symphony Orchestra.