Francis has received commissions from American Composer's Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Wordless Music Series, the New York Choreographic Institute, the Columbia Symphony of Portland, New Juilliard Ensemble, Axiom, FearNoMusic Ensemble and the New York Youth Symphony, and his works have been performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, New York Times Hall and Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center. His work is available on New Dynamic Records. His complete piano works are available on Tzadik.
Francis holds a D.M.A. in composition from The Juilliard School, where he also received his M.M. in composition. He also holds a B.M. in composition from the University of Michigan. He is the only composer to twice receive the Juilliard School's top compositional honor, the Palmer-Dixon Prize (2005, 2008), as well as the prestigious Charles Ives scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His teachers have included Robert Beaser, Bright Sheng, George Tsontakis, Steven Stucky, Susan Botti, Erik Santos and Evan Chambers. A native of Portland, Oregon, Mr. Francis now resides in Brooklyn.