Youth Chorus Director, Teaching Artist, Voice
Akela Franklin is a classically trained singer, vocal pedagogue, children’s music and theatre educator, and arts administrator originally from the California Bay Area. She is currently based in Boston and has been teaching voice and choral activities at Community Music Center of Boston since March 2020.
Akela’s mission as a performing artist and educator is to use her passion, knowledge, and the various platforms available to her to encourage freedom of self expression, celebrate diversity and inclusivity, think critically, and affect radical change. She strives to fulfill this mission through prioritizing creativity and joy in all aspects of artistic life, caring for her students and colleagues as both people and artists, and committing to a lifetime of active listening, learning, and progressive advocacy. Akela feels extremely fortunate to work with the young artists of CMCB, and she also teaches for Boston area organizations such as Youth & Family Enrichment Services (YoFES), First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton, and Children’s Music Center of Jamaica Plain. Akela has maintained an active, vibrant private voice studio since early 2018.
Akela holds a Master of Music (M.M.) from Longy School of Music of Bard College and a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) from University of Puget Sound, with a minor in Religion. She studies voice with Carol Mastrodomenico and is currently pursuing a teaching certificate through Boston Conservatory of Berklee’s Alexander Technique teacher training program. In her free time, she loves to cook, binge true crime podcasts and documentaries, and snuggle with her kitty Éowyn.