DMA - Conducting
Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect vocal producer Deke Sharon, Kari Francis is a vocalist, arranger, and choral music educator. She has shared the stage with Imogen Heap, competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off with Kinfolk 9, and most recently collaborated with Grammy Award-winning pianist-composer Cory Smythe on his album “Accelerate Every Voice.” She has taught at the College of Saint Rose, Mannes School of Music, CUNY Hunter College, Teachers College Columbia University, and in numerous New York City public schools as a Midori & Friends vocal teaching artist. Kari is an active lecturer and clinician and frequently leads workshops on arranging, vocal percussion, and creative rehearsing at music festivals and conferences around the world. Her research interests include choral improvisation, collaborative learning, and popular music in the choral classroom.