Frances Conover Fitch

Aside from 14 years at a Unitarian Universalist church, Francie has been an Episcopal Director of Music since 1971, while in college. She has served in Red Hook, New York, Gloucester, Newburyport, Boston and Topsfield, and has been blessed in this work. Francie has also been an active performer – primarily a harpsichordist – and has made over a dozen CDs as well as many radio recordings. Her concert tours have taken her to Europe, Asia, and all over North America.

Francie’s undergraduate degree is from Bard College, her Masters in Music from New England Conservatory, and she did post-graduate work in The Netherlands and France. For many years, she was on the faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, where she was Chair of the Early Music Department and served as Acting Dean. She currently teaches harpsichord and organ at Tufts and Brandeis Universities and the New England Conservatory of Music. She is licensed by Andover Educators to teach a groundbreaking course called What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body.

Francie loves to garden, swim, knit, and watch quirky movies. She was born in Boston and grew up in Nahant with her three older sisters and many cousins. She has one son, Nicholas, who has just been married and will be moving to Germany soon with his wife, as she starts a new job at Adidas, in Nuremberg. Francie is honored and delighted to have joined the staff of St. John’s in Beverly Farms.