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Get to Know Me: Marti Frantz

Tuesday, April 12, 2011  
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By Shay Holland
RRSTAR.COM
Posted Apr 11, 2011 @ 07:45 PM

Who is she?
Marti Frantz was born in Rockford and is the director of The Music Academy of Rockford College and has been a part of the school as an administrator and teacher for 25 years.

What inspires you? I love the families and teachers I work with and am inspired by them daily. They are involved, dedicated, determined and engaged in seeing that children achieve their highest potential. The learning triangle created between students, parents and teachers makes for a rich teaching and learning environment, producing amazing and highly rewarding results. I have the great fortune to have my profession, my passion and my avocation all tied together. I am inspired to make the arts relevant and central to quality of life, learning and the economy of our community.

What is up next for you? The Music Academy is moving July 1 to its new home in Loreen Hall, 226 S. Second St. The 12,000-square-foot, three-story building, along with a new partnership with First Lutheran Church (owners of Loreen Hall), offers us teaching studios, classrooms and performance spaces. We are excited to grow, to further invest in our future and the future of music education.

What do you like to do in your free time? My husband and I have a good time working hard together. We’ve farmed together, raised two boys, gutted and restored two homes, dug thousands of holes in which we’ve planted trees and shrubs, and lately we’re enjoying boating and birding on the Rock River.

Favorite song: "Little Jazz Bird” as sung by Blossom Dearie is running through my head.

Best piece of advice: "The realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave ... communicate!” — Art Doederlein, NIU professor of communications (adapted from George Eliot.)

If you could take a break, what would you do? Visit my sons and their families.

Who is your hero? Jacqueline Dupré. As a young, female cellist growing up, she was a unique role model for me. She remains one of the most remarkable musicians ever.

Favorite place in the Rock River Valley: I love my home on the Rock River. Nature is a great spectacle right outside my door. Other favorite places are the Coronado Performing Arts Center, Nygren Wetlands, the Kishwaukee River, the Rockton Inn and Northpointe Wellness.

The Rock River Valley needs ... to work on good, relevant education and wise, dedicated leadership. We need to consider the economic effects of the arts and measure the humble, human exchanges experienced through them that increase the quality of life in our community.

Favorite quote: "Do what you do intensely. The artist is the person who leaves the crowd to go pioneering. Within them is an idea which is their life.” — Robert Henri

This story appeared at http://www.rrstar.com/news/gtkm/x90875802/Marti-Frantz on April 11, 2011.

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