SarasotaSings...... And plays piano too.
Franklyn Noll Skidmore has sung in opera and concert engagements in New York City and throughout the United States and Europe. A recipient of many music awards, she has appeared on radio and television, including a widely syndicated recital for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Recognized for her unusual repertoire in many languages, she has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Smithsonian Institute and numerous recital halls in Europe, particularly in France and Belgium where she resided. Her most exotic venue was a concert for the chief of the Fijian Islands on the island of Tavarua.
She has been a vocal coach in New Jersey, Brussels, Atlanta and in Sarasota where her students have been successful in competitions (including Sarasota's High School Idol), gaining singing roles and entrance into top conservatories and universities. Her local Sarasota students have won rolls for performances at the Booker High School for the Performing Arts, New Gate, the Julie Rohr and Out-Of-Door Academies and at Pineview.
She is active locally with The Sarasota Opera as an adjudicator for the Apprentice Opera Awards and has sung for the Sarasota Opera Outreach Program as well as concerts at Ringling College and Selby Library. She was vocal coach for the Banyan Theater production of Old Wicked Songs. She has also served as an adjudicator for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and for the National Federation of Music Clubs.
Philosophy: Singing is a joyful and very challenging pursuit, whether the goal is to be a professional, a capable chorus member, karaoke star or simply singing for one's own pleasure. I endeavor to present the technique to achieve a beautiful and dynamic sound in the healthiest possible way.