BM, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, MA, University of Iowa, DMA, Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City
Mariana Farah is the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kansas, where she teaches courses in graduate choral literature and conducting, directs the KU Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale, and helps oversee all aspects of the choral program. Born in Brazil, Farah received her Bachelor of Music from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas. She came to the United States in 2000 to study at the University of Iowa, where she received her master’s degree in choral conducting. In 2008, she completed her doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While at UMKC, Farah became the founder and conductor of the Conservatory Women’s Chorus, Bella Voce. Under her direction, Bella Voce successfully performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention and at the Southwestern Division of the ACDA Convention.
Farah’s research focuses on Brazilian choral music, particularly the a cappella choral works of Ernani Aguiar (b.1950). Her edition of Aguiar’s Três Motetinos No.2 has been published by Earthsongs, and she expects to introduce more of his music to the United States through performances, recordings, editions, and future publications of his unknown choral literature. In addition to her work at KU, Farah maintains an active schedule as a clinician for festivals in Brazil and in the U.S., where she is often sought out for her expertise in Brazilian choral music. She has presented at several conferences for the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. Recent and future engagements include appearances as a conductor at the 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association Convention, Universidade de São Paulo-Ribeirão Preto, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, 34o. Festival de Música de Londrina, Adams State Honor Choir Festival, the 2014 Idaho All State Treble Choir, a residency with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the 2015 Kantorei Summer Choral Institute. Prior to her appointment at KU, Farah served as the Director of Choral Activities at Indiana University Southeast. She is currently the R&S Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the ACDA Southwestern Division and a singer with the Kansas City Te Deum Chamber Choir.