Lois Ferrari

Professor of Music

Areas of expertise

Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Conducting


Doctor of Musical Arts, Eastman School of Music 1993
Master of Music, Ithaca College School of Music 1989
Bachelor of Music, Ithaca College School of Music 1984
transferred , SUNY Albany 1980


Doctoral Fellow
Eastman School of Music
August 01, 1991 - May 01, 1993

HS Band Director
Marcus Whitman ISD
August 01, 1989 - June 01, 1991

Teaching Assistant
Ithaca College
August 01, 1987 - May 01, 1989

MS Orchestra and Band Director
Levittown ISD
August 01, 1984 - June 01, 1987

Teaching Philosophy

As I consider my mission as a professor at Southwestern University, I feel it is important to focus on what first drew me to this kind of institution. My bachelors and masters degrees were both earned at a college with a philosophy similar to that of SU, but at the time I don't think I was fully aware of what a liberal arts education was all about. As a high school student, I had always been equally interested in many diverse subjects, from science and music to English and sports. Even as a first-year college student I couldn't decide what my ultimate career direction would be. I was majoring in biology and minoring in music but was also involved in a number of other curricular and extracurricular activities. After deciding on music as a career, the focus of my curriculum narrowed somewhat but not enough to diminish my desire for a balanced education. In the liberal arts setting of Ithaca College, I happily juggled life in the music school with membership on the softball team and in anthropology and physics classes. In essence, I had always lived a liberal arts life without having made a conscious effort to do so. Throughout my public school teaching career, I maintained my interest in diverse areas and incorporated them within my style of teaching. As music unites properties found in nearly all other disciplines (math, language, science, etc.), it can be considered a paramount example of a liberal art. Rarely a day passes when the opportunity to quote a classic writer to future music educators, discuss acoustics with the Solfege class, or excite the spirit of the Wind Ensemble with references to why the piece they're studying was written doesn't present itself. I cherish these opportunities as they enable me, as an educator, to help create, mold, and influence students who seek what I perceive to be the most important kind of education -- a well-balanced one. This concept of being well-balanced is not only valuable as an educational ideal but as a spiritual and emotional one as well. Through a liberal arts education, a student acquires an appreciation for other academic and social disciplines as well as for their peers and mentors; thus, they emerge after four years a well-rounded individual, able to communicate intelligently with the outside, real world. From this solidly grounded beginning, a liberal arts graduate can pursue a meaningful life, rich from the many treasures of a diverse and balanced education.

Previous Courses

Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Beginning Conducting, Advanced Conducting, Woodwind Methods, Applied Flute, Solfege/Ear Training I & II, Music Education Seminar, Student Teaching supervision


Ongoing research - score preparation and repertoire research for six Austin Civic Orchestra concerts per year. 

Instrumental Music Programs and the Liberal Arts College - research conducted during Fall 2004 SU sabbatical.

Piece of Mind and Shakata: Two Wind Band Compositions by Dana Wilson - research conducted as part of 1997 doctoral dissertation project and concert; Eastman School of Music

Professional Work

Music Director - Austin Civic Orchestra -

Clinician Conductor - Washington All-State, Houston All-Region, Austin All-City, local HS bands and orchestras

Chair - Small College Intercollegiate Band (CBDNA)

Board Member - Journal of Band Research (CBDNA)



Instrumental Music Programs and the Liberal Arts College (in progress)   

That's No Lady... That's the Conductor! - BD Guide (1995)

Stop Buying Junk -  BD Guide (1992)


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Recent highlights:

2017 - World Premiere - The Don Juan Project, by Sergio Costola and Jason Hoogerhyde

2014 - World Premiere - A Quiet Constellation, by Jason Hoogerhyde - Austin Civic Orchestra

2012 - TX premiere - Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie, by David Amram - Austin Civic Orchestra

2011 - sold out concert at the Rollins Theater at the Long Center for the Performing Arts (Austin, TX) - Austin Civic Orchestra


2010 - sold out concert at the Long Center for the Performing Arts (Austin, TX) - Austin Civic Orchestra

2010 - world premiere - {{{ The Answers are in the Arches }}}, by Travis Jeffords - Austin Civic Orchestra - winner of the 2009 ACO composition contest

2009 - world premiere - Lament, by Jason Hoogerhyde - Austin Civic Orchestra - Nominated for 2009 Austin Critics' Table award for Best Symphonic Performance 


2009 - world premiere - The Color of Dissonance, by Jason Hoogerhyde - SU Orchestra (with Chorale and Music Faculty soloists)


2009 - world premiere - Fantaisie und Variations uber den Zigeunermarsch aus Weber's Preziosa, by Felix Mendelssohn and Ignatz Moscheles, edited and recreated by J. Michael Cooper and Jonathan Bellman - Austin Civic Orchestra

Creative Works

Screenplays - On the Fence (optioned) and Ruby's Quest (in progress)

Stage Play - On the Fence

Sitcom Teleplay - The Nanny: Wreck the Malls and Strokes of Luck

Drama Teleplay - Star Trek Voyager: Cogito Ergo Sum

Seminars & Presentations

Speaker - "Creating from the Void" - First United Methodist Church, Georgetown, TX

Moderator - Wind Orchestration Presentation - Donald Hunsberger and Mark Rogers - Eastman Wind Ensemble 50th Anniversary Celebration, Eastman School of Music

Conductor - Chosen Gems of the Wind Band Literature - CBDNA national conferences  

Doctoral dissertation selected for presentation at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference, Hamamatsu, Japan 

Honors & Awards

2016 - 2nd Place - The American Prize in Community Orchestral Conducting (w/Austin Civic Orchestra)

2016 - 2nd Place - The American Prize in Community Orchestral Performance (Austin Civic Orchestra)

2014 - Finalist - The American Prize in Community Orchestral Conducting (w/Austin Civic Orchestra)

2012 - 2nd Place - The American Prize in Community Orchestral Conducting (Austin Civic Orchestra)

2012 - Finalist - The American Prize in Community Orchestral Performance (Austin Civic Orchestra)

First woman to conduct an orchestra at the Long Center for the Performing Arts - Austin, TX

Full Doctoral Fellowship - Eastman School of Music

Full Graduate Assistanship - Ithaca College School of Music

Finalist - Frederick Fennell Young Conductors' Competition (2x)

Conducting Fellowship - University of South Carolina Conductors Institute

Best Stage Play - Moondance International Film Festival

Best Sitcom Teleplay - Moondance International Film Festival

Best Screenplay runner-up - Moondance International Film Festival

Groups & Affiliations

CBDNA, CODA, Conductors' Guild, Pi Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Iota, TMEA, WASBE


Motorcycles, Baseball, Cats, Cooking, Golf, Playwriting/Screenwriting


Contact Information

Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-1354 (office)
Office: Fine Arts 219

Personal Links

Austin Civic Orchestra
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