Dr. Fran Coleman, coloratura soprano holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal
Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. She has performed many roles including
Musetta in “La Boheme,” Second Spirit, the First lady, and the Queen of the Night in “Die
Zauberflüte,” Ida in “Die Fledermaus,” Madame Goldentrill in “The Impresario,” Mrs. Jenks
in “The Tender Land,” Mrs. Fiorentino in “Street Scene,” The Sour Kangaroo in “Seussical,”
Ipsama in “La Rinuncia,” and Ruth’s mother in “Dessa Rose.” Most recently, Fran sang the
role of Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte” with the Florence Symphony Orchestra.
She has sung with the Palmetto Opera, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Chorale, Virginia
Opera, Aurora Opera, Capitol Opera Raleigh, The Washington Chorus, and the National
Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center; the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the Basilica of the National Shrine in DC for the AGO
In addition to her Classical singing abilities, Fran is also an accomplished composer and
recording artist in both jazz and rock genres. She has toured the East Coast, opening for
such national acts as The Derek Trucks Band, JGB, and The Wailers. She currently tours the
Carolinas with a popular party band, The Emerald Empire Band.
Before leaving Richmond, VA Fran ran a successful voice studio for seven years, Songbird’s
Studio, LLC where she taught 30-40 students weekly. She was also a founding artistic
director with Capitol Opera Richmond, and a deputy director with Classical Revolution
RVA. Most recently, Fran accepted an academic position at Francis Marion University
where she is Assistant Professor of Music Industry and Director of Voice/Choral Program.
She is also the choir director and soprano soloist at Highland Park United Methodist Church
in Florence, SC. Since moving to SC, Fran has joined the board of the Historic Marion
Revitalization Association, and the board of Palmetto Opera.