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Kari Crystelle Francis

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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, composer, and educator from Los Angeles. While earning her BA in music theory and composition at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), Kari shared the stage with Taylor Swift at the American Country Music Awards, collaborated with Imogen Heap in her “Earth” Project concert series, and competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off. She studied composition with Lei Liang and Chinary Ung at UCSD and conducting with Mark Scatterday and Brad Lubman at the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman she taught music theory classes through the Eastman Community Music School and was assistant conductor of the Amadeus Children’s Choir Chorale.

In addition to myriad vocal projects, Kari has been actively involved in the choral community as a lecturer and clinician since 2009. She routinely gives workshops on musicianship, arranging, and vocal percussion at vocal festivals and camps across the States. Kari graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCSD and holds an MA in Music Education from the Eastman School. She currently works as a Conducting Fellow with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.