Francesca is a recipient of the New York Youth Symphony Principal’s Fellowship and winner of the New York Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition. She has attended the Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, Clarinetopia, Buffet Academy, Claremont Clarinet Festival, Aria International Summer Academy, Interlochen Institutes, Drum Major Academy, and The Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Noteworthy venues she has performed at include Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, United Palace, Tilles Center, The Frick Collection, and The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
She currently attends Mannes School of Music on a merit scholarship, pursuing a Master’s Degree in clarinet performance with Charles Neidich. At Mannes, Francesca serves as the director of the Mannes Clarinet Quartet and music leader at the Mannes Gig Office. In her undergrad at The University of Hartford’s The Hartt School of Music, she was awarded a performing arts scholarship for her Bachelor’s Degree program as a double major in clarinet performance and music education. She is a former student of Ayako Oshima, Naomi Drucker and was first inspired to play clarinet by her great grandfather, Vincent “Jimmy” Abato.
As a music educator, Francesca is certified by The Connecticut State Department of Education to teach music from Pre-K through Grade 12. Over the summers, Francesca teaches at Kathryn Brickell Music and The Piano Shoppe in Garden City. She has also worked as a chamber intern at Summertrios. In her undergrad, she tutored piano and ear training at The University of Hartford’s Student Success Center as well as served as an adjudicator at the Connecticut Music Educators Association.
In addition to being a musician, Francesca is also a visual artist. She was named a Long Island Scholar Artist and was presented with the Bianchi Scholarship in the Long Island’s Best Exhibition. Her artwork has been featured at the Heckscher Museum of Art, the Huntington Art Council’s High Arts Museum, and the Clarinet Art Exhibit held at Colorado.