Michael Frank has already had a long and decorated career.
He was a pediatrician for 40 plus years. He lived abroad, has studied in multiple countries, traveled vivaciously, served on boards and represented his community through various nonprofits.
But there was always that music itch.
“The biggest regret with college was I wasn’t involved with music,” he said. “I regret I didn’t make music a minor in college. I really have a love of music and wanted a do-over.”
So what to do? His love of music began at a young age and continued throughout his life. He was in community choirs, played in trios, is in a local blues and jazz band and has written music all his life.
“I started to get serious about it,” he said. “If not now, then when?”
So at the age of 62, Frank went back to school. He came back to Regis University to study music composition, and at age 66, he earned his bachelor’s degree in music composition.
For Frank, it allowed him to fulfill a lifelong dream, but also transition away from his career as a pediatrician. Although he was nervous at first, he found a support system at Regis that allowed his musical pursuits to blossom.
“Regis was the perfect fit,” he said, also crediting his wife Molly’s support. “It was small and had a very supportive faculty. I was in my comfort zone where I was learning. And the music program has a lot of great talent. I was in class with really talented folks and a lot of them weren’t music majors.”
Regis offers music majors as well as a structured minor program. Full-time Regis students studying any major can take music classes and lessons as well.
As part of his capstone project he provides guitar lessons and started a choir at The Gathering Place in Denver, a center for women, children and transgender individuals experiencing poverty or homelessness.
“That’s been really fulfilling,” he said. “Without Regis, I would have never done it.”
Now Frank is focusing on producing a “very reputable” piece of music. He’s going to a workshop later this year to produce it and said Regis gave him the basis to continue his love of music.
“When you stop learning the brain starts to atrophy,” he said. “The music program here at Regis is for people of all ages. If you want to dabble or major in music, it allows the community or a person like me to do both.”
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