Equal parts performer and teacher, clarinetist Erik Franklin balances his time sharing music on and off of the stage. Mr. Franklin is a member of the U.S. Army Field Band, the premier touring musical outfit for the U.S. 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, Mr. Franklin 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 new works and performs contemporary music on collaborative programs that include dance, visual art, and spoken word.
Mr. Franklin believes wholeheartedly in the vitality of music education. He is Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Towson University, previously serving as Instructor of Woodwinds and Music History at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Every summer, he directs the Indiana Clarinet Experience, a week-long arts camp for clarinetists in Indiana focused on musicianship, chamber music, and music appreciation.
Mr. Franklin 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, Mr. Franklin lives in Baltimore, MD. He is happily involved in the vibrant Upper Fell’s Point community, where he enjoys hosting concerts in his home, drinking coffee, reading books, and nursing his ice cream addiction.