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James Franklin


(Director of Choral Activities)

James Franklin directs the East Carolina University choral program where he conducts the internationally renowned ECU Chamber Singers, directs the Men’s Chorus, teaches undergraduate conducting, and directs the graduate program in choral conducting. Prior to his appointment at ECU, he served as the Director of Choral Studies at Sam Houston State University, conducting the SHSU Chorale and Symphonic Choir, directing the graduate choral conducting program, and teaching undergraduate conducting.

Recent honors include invitations to perform at the SW-ACDA Convention, Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and Duke Chapel in Durham, NC. Franklin’s ensembles have been invited to collaborate with such notable groups as the Bach Society Houston, Rice University Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Baroque Orchestra, Houston Masterworks Chorus, and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Franklin’s scholarly work has been recognized with invitations to lecture on the topics of intonation, musicianship, and leadership in the choral rehearsal at the TMEA Conference (2015), TCDA Conference (2015), and SW-ACDA Conference (2014).

In addition to his duties at ECU, Franklin remains active as a singer. He has performed with many professional choirs including South Dakota Chorale, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas Bach Society, Houston Bach Society, Fuma Sacra of New Jersey, and Texas Choral Artists. Recent recording projects include CDs with South Dakota Chorale (2014 & 2011) and the Houston Bach Society (2010).

With a consistent commitment to learning, Franklin continues to pursue educational opportunities, especially those in Europe. He has participated in the Eric Ericson Master Class in Haarlem, The Netherlands; the Choral Conducting Master Class at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary; the Eric Ericson Master Class in Lund, Sweden; and the International Master Class with the Stuttgart Kammerchor in Vaison-la-Romaine, France. Conducting teachers included Eric Ericson, Frieder Bernius, Andrew Parrot, Peter Erdei, Stephen Cleobury, and Jos van Veldhoven.

He served as the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Brazos Valley Chorale, based in Bryan-College Station, TX, and served as the Associate Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Texas, based in Fort Worth. Prior to his conducting at the collegiate level, he taught public high school and middle school choir. Additionally, he has been active as a church musician, holding multiple jobs as Director of Music at various churches. An active member of ACDA, IFCM, TMEA and TCDA, he has often served as a clinician and adjudicator.

He received his BME, vocal emphasis, from Baylor University, his MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and his DMA degree from the University of North Texas.