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Wisdom and Chant Leader: Darlene Franz

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Darlene FranzDarlene Franz, D.M.A. is an oboist, music educator, singer, and chant composer residing in Seattle, Washington.  She holds a doctorate in oboe performance from the University of Washington, where she studied with Alex Klein and Rebecca Henderson, and her dissertation focused on interrelationships among Brahms’s early and late organ music and his vocal music.  In the intersecting realms of vocal performance and spiritual practice she counts among her influences such luminaries as  Margriet Tindemanns, Cynthia Bourgeault, Iegor Reznikoff, Ravi Ravindra, Bobby McFerrin, Anthony Blake, Bronislawa Falinska, and Meredith Monk.

Since 2006, Darlene has been writing chants and teaching music and attention throughout the US and Canada, and in New Zealand.   In 2014, she gave the keynote address for the Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, on the theme of Body Wisdom, and in 2015, led a chant-based session at the All & Everything Humanities Conference in Hoorn, Netherlands.  Recent and upcoming events include an all-day workshop, Sacred Breath and Sacred Chant, for Contemplative Outreach of Chicago, and serving as band leader and music presenter for Richard Rohr’s Trinity: The Soul of Creation conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Darlene’s work with groups cultivates the expansion of attention and presence, deepening of embodied awareness, and freeing of personal and collective energies blocked by habit and conditioning.  Carried into daily life, such chant practice can bring meaning to ordinary experience, enliven prayer and meditation practice, and enrich outward expressions of service. Darlene’s own contemplative chants are in active use at Wisdom Schools, retreats, and Centering Prayer groups across North America and beyond.

Recordings of a sampling of Darlene’s chants can be found at wisdomchant.bandcamp.com.


Other Chant Resources

An extensive list of Wisdom Chant resources by Darlene, can be found HERE.

As well, some of Darlene’s chants are published in Holy Week Liturgies from the Episcopal House of Prayer.

Events with Darlene

Music and Meaning Seminar

MUSIC AND MEANING :A DuVersity Seminar Sarasota, Florida, March 17-19 2017. A Weekend with Anthony Blake, assisted by Darlene Franz

More information on this workshop is available HERE.





Chant Workshop NC Nov 2016


An example of Darlene’s workshop on Chanting as Sacred Practice is available  HERE.






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