Fran Piazza has been a professional performer and flute instructor in Colorado for 40 years. She is recognized as a master of flute instruction in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Her students have been accepted at conservatories and music colleges across the United States, including; the New England Conservatory, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory, the University of Southern California as well as others. Many of her students receive full or partial scholarships for music performance or music education programs.
Fran is a former faculty member of Metropolitan State University in Denver and the Denver School of the Arts, where she was honored with the "Excellence in Teaching" award. Her studio is currently focused on individual and small group teaching.
Fran's High School students are regularly accepted into the Denver Young Artist Orchestra, the Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra and the Colorado Honor Band where some are rewarded with first-chair principal status.
Fran also excels in teaching middle school and elementary age students private lessons where she molds a lifetime of music appreciation. She is active in assisting flute instruction in the Cherry Creek School District, the Littleton School District and the Douglas County School District band programs.
Adult students looking to improve their performance capability, students returning to the flute after a hiatus, or just willing to learn a musical instrument…are also welcome.
Due to the current pandemic environment Fran teaches exclusively online. In spite of the challenges of distanced learning, Fran’s method of instruction continues to provide valuable training to dedicated students at all levels. Skype is her preferred online application.
Fran received the Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music. While studying at the conservatory she had the great privilege of studying with the wonderful flutists of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Boston is Fran's home town. She moved to the Denver area in 1980. Since relocating to Denver, Fran has performed with virtually every professional organization in Colorado including the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Central City Opera, and Colorado Music Festival.
Fran also excels in recital and solo performances. A review of Fran’s performance in a Denver recital stated,
”Fran Piazza pulled sounds out of the flute that were beyond comprehension. I watched as the other audience members were in awe at the sheer beauty of her sounds, her imagination was intriguing to us as she floated a note, turned it upside down, inside out and backwards and forwards, loud soft, piercing, warm rich… all these sounds were heard last night. What control she showed and on top of that, it all looked completely effortless like she was a child playing a tune for the fun of it! Comments from the audience included; ‘She is one with the flute’ and ‘She is a Master of her instrument’.”
Fran has performed with everyone from Andrea Bocelli (in Denver and in Los Angeles) to the Beach Boys. She's also performed at celebrity weddings such as those of Tim Allen and for the family of Mike Shanahan. Her current interests are focused on chamber music, recording, and solo performance. She is currently working on her own flute method book.