James Franklin

James Franklin is the Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University where he conducts the internationally renowned ECU Chamber Singers, directs the Men’s Chorus, teaches undergraduate conducting and choral methods, and directs the graduate program in choral conducting.  Choirs under his direction have received invitations to perform at the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in Varna, Bulgaria, SW-ACDA Convention in Little Rock, AR, Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and Duke Chapel in Durham, NC, and to collaborate with ensembles such as the Bach Society Houston, Rice University Symphony Orchestra, Brazos Valley Orchestra, and Houston Masterworks Chorus.  An active singer, he has performed with many professional choirs including South Dakota Chorale, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Bach Society Houston, and Dallas Bach Society.  Recent recording projects include CDs with the South Dakota Chorale (2016, 2014, 2011) and the Houston Bach Society (2010).

An active member of ACDA, IFCM, TMEA and TCDA, he often serves as a clinician and adjudicator.  He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, his Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, and his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University.

Photo: Rob Taylor