Meet the Musicians

Meet the Musicians

Get to know the amazing musicians of the Memphis Symphony!

Frank Shaffer

Frank Shaffer

Principal

Colleges attended: Duquesne University, Yale University
Most influential musical teachers: Babe Fabrizi, William Schneiderman, Fred Hinger
First Season with the MSO: 1975
Teaching Positions: University of Memphis, 1975-; Sewanee Summer Music Festival,1979-2008
As a Chamber Musician: Sewanee Summer Music Festival, U of M, since 1975
Appeared as a soloist with: MSO in school concerts in the Balter years, in Pittsburgh Symphony's Concerts for Young People, 1965-66
Notable achievements: First DMA in my family; performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony in Carnegie Hall
MSO Community Involvement: MSO Drum Circle Project, Tales & Tunes, Soulsville (first two years)

 

FUN FACTS!


Favorite Memphis restaurant: Paulette's
Describe your family: Wife Marian, harpist MSO, daughter Julia, teacher at Covington Integrated Arts Academy, daughter Mimi, OBGYN resident UC San Diego Hospital, son in law Sebastien Habert (married to Mimi), helicopter pilot.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go:Windjammer Cruise to Tahiti or to India
Favorite hobby: Reading, Cooking, Sailing
Age you started your instrument: 10
What inspired you to make music your career: Wheeling Youth Symphony Music Camp, summer 1962
Most embarrassing moment on stage: During a long rest in a performance, I almost fell asleep, catching myself before I did. Unfortunately, I hit the gong I was due to play later in the performance in a very soft spot in the music!
Interesting Fact about yourself: I was a championship swimmer in middle school.