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Short biography

Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect 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 Guide for Performers published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She is currently a visiting instructor of choral music at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, and has taught at Mannes School of Music, CUNY Hunter College, and Teachers College Columbia University. Kari is an active lecturer and clinician, leading 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, Teachers College Columbia University, and the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include choral improvisation, vocal painting, collaborative learning, and popular music in the choral classroom.

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Selected festival Appearances

Boston Sings
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival
NE Voices
Highlands A Cappella Festival
A Cappella at the Rock
Voices in Harmony
Kettering National High School A Cappella Festival
College Music Society Northeast Conference
Mississippi ACDA
Camp A Cappella
Remix Vocal Academy
USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts

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