College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Student Performances, Volume 1 Page: 86
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James C. Franklin became the director of choral activities at Sam Houston State
University in Fall 2010, after beginning a DMA in choral conducting at the University of
North Texas in Fall 2009 with Dr. Jerry McCoy. In Fall 2005 Franklin began as assistant
choral director at Garland High School. As the choral assistant there, James directed the
Varsity Men's Choir, Chamber Singers, and two treble choirs. Under his direction, his
choirs received sweepstakes and the GHS Chamber Singers received superior ratings at
the American Classic Chamber Choir and Madrigal Festival. A native Texan, James was
born and raised in Odessa where he sang under the direction of Allen Hightower and
Shawn Bell. While pursuing a bachelor of music education degree at Baylor University, he
was awarded the Baylor Outstanding Student Award as well as the Outstanding Graduate
Award in the School of Music. Following graduation he remained in Waco and pursued
his musical interests as the choral director at Lake Air Middle School and music minister
at Cogdell Memorial United Methodist Church. He completed a master of music degree
in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. While at
Westminster he enjoyed many performances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as well as summer performances at the Spoleto
Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to teaching, James has enjoyed
performing with the Orpheus Chamber Singers and the Texas Choral Artists as well as
singing as a soloist at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. He resides
with his wife Nicole, who teaches private voice and has been seen in operas in Texas,
Washington, and New Jersey, and son.
Melanie Altman, Allison Green, Amber Jamison, Bryanna Johnson, Brandi Jones,
Laura Klein, Regina Morgan, Rachel Rodriguez, Courtney Stancil,
Brianna Bonnette, Lindsey Day, April Divin, Lindsey Fuson, Heather Goodwin,
Caitlin Homb, Mary Kate Kenney, Ardeen Pierre, Rachel Pitman, Maria Roos,
Josaphat Contreras, Austin Hunt, Alex Jensen, John Jermain, Alex Lathrom,
Kevin Mitchell, Juan Polanco, Charles Robilotto, David Smith
Preston Andrews, Francisco Castillo, Stewart Gaitan, Shawn Kilpatrick,
Heath Martin, Hever Penado, Victor Quintana, Nick Szoeke, Lance Wiethom
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