Francine Trester

Professor

"When I teach, I connect concepts to real, live musical moments. I draw listening examples from a range of styles and encourage students to find their own examples and bring them into class. I incorporate my professional experience into the class through my own composition and performance on the violin and piano. By discovering your personal connection to a concept, you turn theory into practice—you make an abstraction come alive through your own musical experience."

"I'd like my students to come away from my classes with an understanding of how the diverse aspects and styles that comprise music are ultimately united by a common practice and craft—like the different branches of a single tree. An understanding of craft and continuum can truly guide a musician's professional choices."

"Berklee's a great place to study composition. The Composition Department has more than 30 faculty members—a diverse group of active composers and performers. There are many opportunities to have your compositions performed and to connect with other aspiring musicians. Additionally, the harmony and counterpoint courses emphasize creativity through composition, and final projects from those courses culminate in two showcase faculty performances."

Career Highlights

  • B.A., Yale University
  • M.A., composition, Yale University
  • M.M.A., composition, Yale University
  • D.M.A., composition, Yale University
  • Fulbright Scholarship in Composition, Cambridge University (England)
  • ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award
  • Tanglewood Fellowship
  • Former faculty at Tufts, Longy, Yale University, Austin College
  • Assistant to the directors of Live Wires and Live Culture at the English National Opera; composer in residence, Queenswood School
  • Commissions from the Mirror Visions Ensemble, the Arianna String Quartet, Richard Lalli, Patricia Prunty, Mary Ann Hart, faculty at Yale, University of Akron, West Texas A&M, Austin College
  • Premieres at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Florence Gould Hall, Kosciusko Foundation, Joseph Papp Public Theater