Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Francine Nguyen-Savaria entered the piano class of the Montreal Conservatoire of Music at the age of sixteen. Two years later, she entered the organ class, studying under Jean Le Buis. She graduated from the Conservatory in May 2011.
Francine is the recipient of many prizes and scholarships, which have allowed her to participate in the Mount Royal College Organ Academy in Calgary, Canada, and in organ courses, studying with Jean Galard in Paris and Cherry Rhodes in Los Angeles. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Southern California in December 2013. Awards include the John Goss Memorial Scholarship from the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Irene E. Robertson Music Scholarship from the USC Thornton School of Music.
In 2014, she performed the complete organ work of Johannes Brahms at the Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium. She also played with the Calgary Civic Symphony for the same festival. She has also given recitals at venues including the Saint Joseph Oratory in Montreal, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, and the Cathedral Center of Saint Paul (Episcopal) in Los Angeles.
Francine was music director for Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church in Claremont, CA. She and her husband Matthieu Latreille were co-directors of music for St. Thomas' Anglican Church in Belleville, ON from 2014 to 2019, where they founded St. Thomas' Choral Academy in 2015. Francine and Matthieu have now returned to Montreal where they pursue their concert and teaching careers. They have remained artistic directors for Music at Saint Thomas' for the current season, and also direct Music at St. John the Baptist, a concert series based in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.