Sirens of Gotham Associate Artistic Director Kari Francis accepts music faculty position at The College of Saint Rose

Thursday, May 30, 2019


Meredith Rich

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Sirens of Gotham has a saying: “once a Siren, always a Siren.” With that in mind, it is with much joy and love that we share the bittersweet news that our Associate Artistic Director Kari Francis will be leaving the chorus at the end of June to begin a music faculty position at The College of Saint Rose in Albany this fall.

Kari has been a valuable member of the chorus since joining in the fall of 2017 as an incredibly talented musician and singer in the bass section. Her extensive academic background and pedagogical experience made her a strong leader driven by keen musical diligence. She served as the Associate Interim Director in the spring of 2018 and accepted the position of Associate Artistic Director in the summer of 2018.

Kari offered a unique and nuanced perspective to our creative leadership team as an accomplished contemporary a cappella singer, arranger, and vocal percussionist that helped to further expand our horizons as an ensemble. Her passionate directing of “Everybody Says Don’t” and inspiring arrangement of “This is Me” performed at our SAI Harmony Classic appearance in St. Louis, MO are just some of the memorable creations we made with her, but her spirited personality and musical fascination are what we learned to love and cherish most.

There is no doubt that Kari’s warm and intelligent presence will be missed by our membership. Yet, as previously stated: once a Siren, always a Siren. She was a leader in the chorus for a relatively short time, but she has certainly left her mark on Sirens of Gotham. We are so thankful for all she has given us and look forward to our paths crossing again in the future.

Please join us as we congratulate Kari on this incredible opportunity and send her the warmest of well wishes!