Franchesca Retford is the president of The Ivory Keys Music Studio. She is a concert pianist & vocalist and a master teacher of both arts. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Musical Theater/Opera Performance, from Arizona State University, and holds a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance from ASU as well. 


Her piano teachers include the brilliant Steinway artist Robert Hamilton, a pupil of Vladimir Horowitz, world class teacher and professor Dr. Irene Perry-Fox, Steinway artist Dr. Caio Pagano, Manuela Pagano, professor of  Collaborative Artists at ASU Dr. Andrew Campbell, and Dr. Hamilton  Tesscarolo.  
 

Franchesca is also a concert vocalist. Her vocal teachers include one of Broadway’s finest and current artists, Tregony Shephard, Judy May, Darlene Kliewer-Britton, a major coach of Broadway stars,  and  Jaime Jordan.

 

Franchesca has participated in Musical Theater shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Technicolor Dream-coat, Godspell, The Christmas Schooner, and many others. She currently is the music director and creator of Les Musiciens, a professional group that performs in Pasadena, CA. 

 

Franchesca sang for the movie soundtrack Compulsive Gambling, a documentary by Rick Rabe. She acted as an honors judge and the graduating senior’s advisor for Arizona Study Program, an honors and scholarship program sponsored by the Music Teachers National AssociationShe was awarded the Katherine Herberger Scholarship for piano performance at ASU.

Franchesca is also a skilled accompanist/pianist and is passionate about working in musical ensembles and desires more than anything to inspire others to do the same.