The Francis Thorne Fund

In Memoriam:
Francis B. Thorne, Jr.

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Francis Thorne, ACO’s beloved co-founder. Francis passed away peacefully in hospice care in Connecticut on March 7, 2017. He was 94.

Francis was one of America’s most accomplished composers, creative arts administrators, sophisticated musical patrons, and civic-minded musical citizens. To read more about his illustrious life, please see his obituary in The New York Times.

For more than a quarter century, Francis Thorne championed the work of young composers. The Francis Thorne Fund for Young and Emerging Composers provides donors the opportunity to honor the passion and dedication of this remarkable man by furthering his commitment to the creation of new works by emerging American composers.

To learn more about the Francis Thorne Fund, contact Jade Jiang, Development Associate, 212.977.8495 x205,

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