Frank Duarte (b. 1992) is an American composer, songwriter, and conductor. His music transcends conventional boundaries creating a programmatic approach full of luxuriant emotion, perception of color, and a palette of sonorities that makes it organic and innate. Recipient of two Global Music Awards for composer and song, for “Te Tengo Dentro, Todo el Tiempo” (upon its debut on social media was view by more than a quarter of a million people), Duarte has been granted two ASCAP Plus Awards and has had works performed throughout the United States (Alabama, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Indiana, Utah), Japan (Kyoto, Seto, Nagoya), Greece, and the Republic of Colombia by professionals and secondary, collegiate, and community ensembles.
His music has been featured throughout universities including in seminars and conferences at Ball State University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Universidad del Cauca and recitals and concerts at the University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, Mills College, and Snow College among others. His music has also been included in the Wind Repertory Project database and has been featured by Composers Circle and by the online radio station Kinetics Radio. The Green Band Association, an organization that sponsors Japanese bands to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade, programmed his works three times in 2012, 2014, and 2017 for their charitable benefit concerts.
A native of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Duarte earned an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Fullerton College, a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Music Degree in Composition from Butler University. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition at Texas Tech University, studying under Jennifer Jolley. His previous mentors have included Anthony Mazzaferro, Michael Colburn (Conducting), and Liviu Marinescu, Milen Kirov, Michael Schelle, and James Mulholland (Composition). He is currently an Instructor of Record, teaching Composition at Texas Tech University.