Francesca Dawis was most recently awarded 1st place in three different divisions—Aria, Art Song, and Musical Theater—of the NATS vocal competition (San Francisco Bay Area chapter). Her other 1st place honors include the Classical Singer/Auditions Plus Regional Competition, the NATS Minnesota competition, and the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition. She was named a 2013 National YoungArts Honorable Mention Award Winner in the Voice category and completed an apprenticeship at the Minnesota Opera’s youth program, Project Opera, where she sang the lead role of Jennie in Weill’s Down in the Valley. In 2012, she performed an aria with the Dakota Valley Symphony as a winner of the symphony’s Young Artist Competition. Francesca also actively performs in Twin Cities theater and has appeared at theaters such as the Guthrie, The Children’s Theatre Company, and the Ordway Center for Performing Arts.
Francesca just completed her freshman year at Stanford University where she studies music and psychology and serves as secretary of the Stanford Asian American Theater Project. As a violinist of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, she sat as concertmaster for their Chinese New Year concert and as associate concertmaster for an appearance on NPR’s From the Top.
Isabella and Francesca Dawis began their musical education at MacPhail fifteen years ago, and they went on to intern at the Prelude Singer-Actor Lab and perform in Honors Recitals and Concerto/Aria concerts. They have performed together in plays, concerts, and productions with the Guthrie Theater, Mu Performing Arts, Bloomington Civic Theatre, and the Music Loft Summer Playshop. With help from St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Isabella and Francesca Dawis have organized four benefit concerts and raised over $9,000 for homeless families served by Simpson Housing Services. www.dawissisters.com.