Mrs. Carol Franks
Professor of Music
M. Long School of Music
Hall Band Office
Mrs. Franks, Assistant Professor of Music, joined the Troy University
faculty in 1982. She is the former principal flutist with the University
of Illinois Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Harry Begian.
Mrs. Franks is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Duquesne
University where she received both the bachelor and master's degrees
in Flute Performance. She was the recipient of the Thomas J. Smith Scholarship,
a full tuition award for four years at the University of Illinois. Carol
began studying flute at the age of nine in Lockport, Illinois. A featured
soloist in the eighth grade, she received the Arion Award and performed
the "Concertino" for Flute and Band by Chaminade with her
junior high school band at the All-Eastern Band and Instrumental Music
Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. She was a member of the famed Lockport
Township High School Band, which won many national awards under the
leadership of Ernest Caneva. She received numerous awards while in the
Lockport band, including Outstanding Musician and Outstanding Bandsman.
Mrs. Franks was principal flutist in the All-State Band and the All-State
Orchestra for the Illinois Music Educators Association. Other organizations
in which she regularly performed were the City-Wide Youth Symphony Orchestra,
the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Youth Symphony Orchestra
of Greater Chicago, all in Chicago.
Mrs. Franks has been the featured soloist with the Troy University Symphony
Band as well as the Luverne High School Band, which performed at the
SEUS Clinic, the AMEA Conference, and in Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Past and present memberships include the National Flute Association,
the Florida Bandmasters Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, Tau Beta Sigma,
Kappa Kappa Psi, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Music Educators National
Conference and Rotary International. At Troy University, Carol teaches
private flute, sophomore music theory, aural skills, class woodwinds
and flute choir, in addition to assisting with the "Sound of the
South" Marching Band, the Symphony Band and the Symphonic Band.
She is faculty advisor for Tau Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, and is
treasurer for the "Sound of the South" Alumni Band. She is
a member of the Montgomery Symphony and is a clinician for Emerson Flutes,
USA. She is Executive Director of the Southeastern United States Concert
Band Clinic and Honor Bands. She is married to Earl Franks, Principal
at Luverne High School. They live in Troy with their Shih-Tzu, Piccolo.