Alumnus Franklin Willis was recently featured on the CMA Foundation website and Today.com for his work with the Andrew Jackson Elementary Eagle Honor Choir. As the choir’s founder and director, Willis specializes in providing music instruction that will empower and engage all children to achieve their best.
Earlier this year the Choir posted a video of its version of Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion,” attracting the attention of the CMA Foundation, which invited the choir to perform at this summer’s CMA Festival. When the group was rehearsing for their CMA Fest appearance, Underwood herself stopped by to encourage the young people, and the CMA Foundation captured the visit in a heart-warming video.
Willis, who has won numerous accolades for his work in music education, graduated from Belmont in 2012 with a Master of Education in Nonprofit Leadership.