Early Music Skills & Interests
Early Music Affiliations
Paulina Francisco is a versatile singer and interpreter of early music and a practitioner of historically informed performance. Paulina has been a featured soloist with IndyBaroque, Bourbon Baroque, Alchymy Viols, the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, Los Angeles Camerata and the American Bach Soloist Academy. Most recently she performed the role of Calliope in Handel’s serenata Parnasso in Festa under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas, Bach’s St. John Passion directed by John Butt, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater led by Stanley Ritchie, and served as music director for BWV 49 with the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project. Paulina is a founding member of Las Aves, an emerging ensemble that specializes in historical performance of 17th century chamber music. Las Aves has performed at the International Sacred Music Festival in Quito, Ecuador and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. In 2018, Paulina was the recipient of Bourbon Baroque’s Nicholas Fortin Summer Workshop Scholarship.
Paulina is passionate about building stronger connections between research and performance; she has performed new research presentations for Robert Ketterer (University of Iowa), Donald Burrows (The Open University), Ayana Smith (Indiana University) and Michael Bane (Indiana University).Paulina’s 0research is centered on 17th century virtuosic repertoire for soprano, early voice training, the education of early modern women, and sacred monody. Her Master’s thesis “The Virtuosi of Ferrara: The Concerto delle Donna 1580-1601”, including a modern edition of Luzzasco Luzzaschi’s Madrigali (1601), is available on ProQuest.
In addition to performing, Paulina is an active arts administrator; she serves as General Manager for Bloomington Early Music and has worked summer festival administration for the Madison Early Music Festival and the SFEMS Baroque Workshop.
Paulina Francisco is currently the Associate Instructor of Early Voice at Indiana University, where she is working toward a Doctor of Music in Historical Performance and Graduate Certificate in Vocology, with minor specialization in Musicology. Before attending IU, she received a Master of Arts in Early Music from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Public Relations, with minor specialization in Arts Administration from Carroll University. Paulina has studied voice with Rachelle Fox, Brian Gill, Lynn Helding, Judith Malafronte, Steven Rickards, and Thomas Weis.
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