Heidi Franklin, Director of Orchestras, BEC
(Buchanan Educational Center)
Heidi (Heinbockel) Franklin studied double bass performance with Linda Clayton of the Dallas Symphony, Murray Grodner of Indiana University and Gary Karr of Hartt College. She received her Bachelor of Music (Cum Laude) in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific and was awarded the Master of Music degree from the same university. She has performed with the San Jose Symphony, Stockton Symphony, Reno Symphony, Mostly Mozart Orchestra (San Francisco), Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, and the Fresno Philharmonic.
For the past seventeen years, Ms. Franklin has been Director of Orchestras for the Buchanan Educational Center in the Clovis Unified School District. Prior to teaching in Clovis, she was a string instrument specialist in the Visalia Unified and Fresno Unified School Districts. She was also the director of the Fresno Junior Symphony for five years. She is active as a guest conductor / clinician in addition to being an adjunct professor at California State University, Fresno.
Always passionate about music and the opportunities it offers young students, Ms. Franklin has volunteered her time as Orchestra Representative of FMCMEA and has served on the Board of Directors for the Fresno Philharmonic. She was named Outstanding Middle School Orchestra Director for 1996-97 by the Fresno-Madera Music Educators Association and was awarded the Orchestra Educator Award for 1999-2000 by the California Music Educators Association.
Ms. Franklin is married to Ron Franklin, also a musician and retired music educator and is the proud mother of two sons; Brandon, a USC graduate in music performance and Ryan, a political science major at University of the Pacific.