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Short biography

Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off vocal producer Deke Sharon, Kari Francis is an avid vocalist, arranger, and choral music educator. She has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Imogen Heap, and competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off with Kinfolk 9. Recent publications include the chapter “Vocal Percussion for Everyone” in So You Want to Sing A Cappella: A Performer's Guide published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She is currently a vocal teaching artist with Midori & Friends and The Center for Arts Education, and made her Lincoln Center debut as a featured beatboxer in the 4th annual Total Vocal. Kari is an active lecturer and clinician, giving workshops on musicianship, arranging, and vocal percussion at music festivals and vocal camps across the States.

Kari holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Columbia University Teachers College, and the University of California, San Diego.

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Kari is the next generation of a cappella specialist: singer, arranger, director, educator, performer. With deep knowledge spanning classical, barbershop and contemporary a cappella idioms, she’s a true cappella Renaissance woman.
— Deke Sharon
Kari Francis is a fantastic educator. While on staff at Camp A Cappella, she proved to be professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and downright loved by our students, who dubbed her ‘the Wonder Woman of a cappella!’
— Brody McDonald
The knowledge and passion embodied by Kari Francis for a cappella music is deep and extensive. She has a way of letting it flow out totally affecting every one she performs for or teaches. She is true quality- musically and personally!
— Tony Huerta