The Franklin Chamber Choir, Franklin’s first professional choir, will perform its debut concert at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Franklin on July 2.
The group consists of 16 professional singers from all over the country. Christopher Keenan created the choir to fulfill his dream of introducing professional-level classical vocal ensembles to Franklin. He graduated from Centennial High School in 2008 and studied organ at the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Texas at Austin before serving as organist and music director for various churches.
“I am very pleased to present the Franklin Chamber Choir,” said Keenan. “This project was born out of a desire to bring a classical vocal ensemble into Franklin’s vibrant musical culture. I hope he becomes a solid part of the Franklin community.”
The choir will be directed by Keenan and Dr. Felicia Barber, who taught the choir at Centennial for several years before becoming director of choral activities at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Her first book, A New Perspective on the Use of Dialect in African American Spirituals: History, Context, and Linguistics, was released in October 2021. She will host a series of four spirituals.
The concert is free to attend and is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church at 908 Murfreesboro Road in Franklin.
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