Cantus Youth Choirs is proud to welcome back Patrick Franks as our guest organist for IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, our Season 14 Winter Concert. Franks was our guest organist for THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS in Season 13. Patrick will be joined by soprano, Michelle Pedersen (more information will be forthcoming)!
Patrick Franks began his music career at age four, surprising family members with pieces he had taught himself by ear. He then began taking private lessons through various instructors in Northern Utah and at Brigham Young University until he graduated from high school. He was offered full tuition scholarships throughout his college years, which helped him advance his talents. During that time, he spent many hours accompanying the college choirs, chamber groups, and vocal soloists and by performing as a piano soloist himself.
It was during his college years that Patrick learned to play the organ. He spent many hours under the direction of the renown Ms. Edna Lu Jennings, a past Dean of the American Guild of Organists (St. George/Cedar Chapter), member of the Dixie College music faculty, and founder of the Dixie College Concert Organ Series. Patrick continues to play the organ for church congregations, choirs, special music events, and as a soloist.
Patrick is married to Christi Franks, a vocal soloist whom he would often accompany during their college years. Together, they have five children, all of whom have varying interests in music. Patrick and his family are proud to call the Treasure Valley their home and continue to make music a part of their lives.