Josanne Francis

Steelpan Musician and Arts Educator

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Born and raised in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Josanne Francis is an internationally known steelpan performer and music educator. Her music delivers that special 'extra' that separates her from even the greats, and catapults listeners into a unique and exceptional place.

With hands that seem to float like the wings of a butterfly with a 'wand-like' touch, her music is not devoid of power when needed. Ms. Francis' music blends together and draws influences from traditional Calypso music, Jazz, Indian, Funk, Rock and Classical music- a unique mix which is not typical for the instrument.

Josanne has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and has appeared as a guest artist at festivals and universities across the United States. Currently, Josanne is one of 6 Artists in Residence at Strathmore for the 2017-2018 season. She also serves as the Artistic Director of the Cultural Academy for Excellence, Inc. and teaches at the International High School at Langley Park.


Educational Background:

Master of Music, Northern Illinois University (2014)

Bachelor of Music Education, University of Southern Mississippi (2012)




Josanne Francis Trio- Steelpan, Bass, and Drums

Josanne Francis Quartet- Steelpan, Bass, Drums, and Percussion/Piano

Ivory, Wood & Steel- Steelpan, Balafon, and Piano

Full Steelband- Cultural Academy for Excellence, Inc.



Photographer: Jonathan Timmes