Village Harmony

Frank Watkins

Frank Watkins is professor of music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. A native of Omaha, Nebraska and raised as a gospel singer and pianist, Frank holds degrees in piano performance from Jackson State University and the University of Arkansas, and advanced degrees in choral conducting from Northwestern University and Michigan State University. In 2016 Frank went to Corsica as a participant in Village Harmony’s camp there, and was inspired to take his  own students the following year to Dakar, Senegal, where they studied the use of hip-hop and rap as a form of non-violent political protest. Frank’s research interests include the inter-sectionality of race, class, and gender in the music of African-American Women in the 21st century. Frank’s love and passion are teaching. It is his goal to make an impact—not just an impression—on the lives of those that follow his baton.