About Francesca Castro
Francesca Castro graduated from Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship with a double major in Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production. While being nominated by the Guitar Faculty as a Guitar Department Achievement awardee, she has also been selected to be in Berklee’s most prestigious ensembles including the Terence Blanchard XTET and the Tower of Power ensemble. She has also worked with Jazz legends including Terri Lyne Carrington, Nicholas Payton, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
She has performed her own shows in the Chicago area including the Chicago Jazz Showcase Buddy Guy’s Legends, and Uncommon Ground. On top of performing, she writes and produces her own music.
Francesca teaches in a way that is encouraging and motivating for her students. She lets her students learn in a challenging, yet fun and judgement-free environment. As a teacher, she believes that people learn better when they are doing what they love and playing the music that they want to play.
First piece of music that had a profound effect on me:
The first song I ever learned how to sing was “It Had to Be You” by Isham Jones. I was only six years old and my parents were so proud that they took a video of me singing it on our karaoke machine. This song was the start of my music career and the reason I have a passion for music.
Music teachers who inspired me the most:
All of my teachers growing up were inspirations to me, but if I were to pick one that I’m the most thankful for, it would be my vocal professor, Peter Eldridge. He guided me to find myself not only as a musician but as a person.
How I am making the world a better place:
I would like to follow in the footsteps of my past mentors and pass the knowledge to my students who I believe are the future of music.
Favorite quote about music:
“Music is the soundtrack of your life” -Dick Clark