Paula Jane Francis
The instrumental backbone of the Cape Breton Chorale is provided by Paula Jane Francis. She has been with the choir since 1976.
Ms. Francis joined the group following the completion of a Master's Degree from the University of Oklahoma. While there as a Rotary International Scholar, she specialized in organ performance.
In the fall of 1977, Ms. Francis continued her studies at the Royal College of Music in London on a British Commonwealth Scholarship and received the A.R.C.M., A.R.C.O., and L.R.A.M. Diplomas. During her two years in London she sang in the Bach Choir under the direction of Sir David Willcocks.
On her return to Canada, Ms. Francis presented numerous organ recitals at St. James Cathedral and Yorkminster Park and was a member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir under the direction of Dr. Elmer Iseler.
In 1987, Ms. Francis resumed her position as accompanist for the Cape Breton chorale. Professionally, she is a music educator with the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board.
Her musical talents find additional outlets as organist and choir director at Carman United Church, Sydney Mines, and co-director of the Northside Honour Choir. She also works frequently with the Nova Scotia Choral Federation both as accompanist and conductor.