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Kari Francis

Organization: University of Notre Dame
Title: Arranger, Conductor, & Choral Musician
Program Graduation: MA, ALP Certificate 2015
Musical Studies: Composition, Music Teaching & Learning, Music Theory
Musical Specialties: Church Music, Composition, Higher Education, Public School
Non-Musical Specialties: Author
Quote: “My time in ALP took me around the world and helped me see myself as a producer and administrator in addition to an educator and conductor- skills that I continue to use daily!”


Kari Francis (she/her) is a vocalist, arranger, and choral music educator who has shared the stage with Imogen Heap, competed on NBC’s “The Sing-Off”, and can be heard beatboxing on Cory Smythe’s album “Accelerate Every Voice”. Currently a choral conducting doctoral student in the Sacred Music program at the University of Notre Dame, she was a conducting fellow with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, has lectured as visiting faculty at College of Saint Rose, has directed choral ensembles at the Mannes School of Music, CUNY Hunter College, Teachers College Columbia University, and has taught in New York City public schools as a Midori & Friends vocal teaching artist. Kari has been published by GIA Music and NATS, and frequently leads workshops on arranging, vocal percussion, and group vocal improvisation at music festivals. Kari holds degrees in music education from the Eastman School of Music, Teachers College Columbia University, and music theory/composition from the University of California, San Diego.