Mark Ferrell

Associate Professor
Musical Director, KU Opera
Primary office:
214 A Murphy Hall


M.M. University of Illinois; B.M. Wheaton Collage Conservatory of Music

Mark Ferrell is director of KU Opera and a coach-accompanist in KU's Division of Voice and Opera. He has worked as conductor or associate conductor with Chicago Lyric Opera; L'Opera de Montreal; San Francisco Opera; Dallas Opera; Houston Grand Opera; Opera Company of Philadelphia; Tulsa Opera; Opera Theater of St. Louis; Kansas City Lyric Opera; and the Utah Festival Opera Company. As an accompanist he has toured the United States, Japan, Europe and Central America. He has served as the music director of the Tulsa Opera Young Artist Program and as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Ferrell has been music director of all KU opera and musical theater productions of the School of Music and The University Theatre for many years, and has conducted many of the productions, including "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Pirates of Penzance," "Gypsy," and many others.

School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
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