Equal parts performer and teacher, clarinetist Erik Franklin balances his time sharing music on the stage and off. Erik is a member of the U.S. Army Field Band, the premier touring musical outfit for the United States Army. He has given hundreds of concerts in nearly all fifty states, performing concerts in venues from veterans’ homes to Carnegie Hall.
When not touring with the Field Band, Erik enjoys performing chamber music with his award-winning ensemble, the Novacane Quartet. A semi-finalist in the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the group is passionate about commissioning new works and frequently performs contemporary music on collaborative programs that include dance, visual art, and spoken word. www.novacanequartet.com
Erik believes wholeheartedly in the vitality of music education. He is Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Towson University in Baltimore, previously serving as Instructor of Woodwinds and Music History at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Every summer, Erik directs the Indiana Clarinet Experience, a week-long arts camp for young clarinetists in Indiana focused on musicianship, chamber music, and music appreciation.
Erik holds a B.M. in Clarinet from Furman University. He is continuing to pursue a Doctorate from the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Professor Howard Klug.
A South Carolina native, Erik lives in Baltimore, MD with his husband. They are happily involved in the vibrant Upper Fell’s Point community, where they enjoy hosting concerts in their home, drinking coffee, reading books, and nursing their ice cream addiction. www.erikfranklin.net