HeadShot.jpg About Francisca Vanherle Maxwell


The soprano Francisca Vanherle Maxwell was born in Argentina but grew up in Belgium. She studied at the Royal Conservatoroire in Brussels, where she obtained both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Arts and a teacher's certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. In 1997, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the USA and Belgium and Luxembourg. With this scholarship, she continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated as a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance in 2002.

In Europe, she worked as an ensemble singer with groups such as the Huelgas Ensemble, Il Fondamento, La Petite Bande, the Brussels Cathedral Choir and the VRT Radio Choir. Later, she has worked as a freelance soloist in a vast repertoire comprising many genres. With the Texas Early Music Project, she sang a number of leading roles in Haendel operas (a.o. Armida, Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo) and in two of Purcell's operas  (King Arthur and The Fairy Queen). She performed in many famous oratorios and often sang as a concert soloist and in song recitals. In 2004, she became a regular lead for the Belgian light opera and musical theatre group TOP, with whom she sang most notably in Die Fledermaus, Paganini and Eine Nacht in Venedig. Her performances have taken her all over Europe, Russia and the United States.

Currently living in Atlanta, GA, she is a member of the early music group Harmonie Universelle with whom she maintains a concert agenda all over the South East.  She appears regularly as a soloist with the GA Tech orchestra and has been featured several times on public radio in the program “The Atlanta Music Scene”.

Francisca has been teaching voice and opera for 15 years to people of all ages. Her versatility as a musician allows her to approach different styles of music as well as to work with students in light of their individual goals. She currently teaches voice at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA and in her private studio.


About My Teaching Philosophy


I teach classical vocal technique. I approach the voice from a natural resonance perspective (the "Italian Bel Canto School").  I concentrate mainly on the following three aspects of vocal development:

1. Breathing: how to use proper breathing technique and incorporate it as a vital part of producing a healthy and optimal sound.

2. A thorough understanding of the vocal instrument: how it works, how to train it, how to make it grow and how to acquire a solid methodology for maintaining good vocal health and productivity.

3. Musicianship: Learning new repertoire and style-appropriate interpretion, applying proper diction in the language of the composition and knowing how to choose the music which is right for you.

I teach all traditional genres: opera, light opera and operetta, musical theatre, art song, oratorio, early music and church repertoire.

Anyone who likes to sing and wants to get better at it, is welcome in my studio; chorus members, church singers, soloists or simply people wanting to get a feel for vocal performance.

Performance opportunities will be organized on a periodic basis and I like to encourage all my students to participate.