Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


Lois Ferrari

Professor of Music


Areas of expertise

Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Conducting


My mission at SU is to not only encourage my students to be excellent, uncompromising musicians, but to also contribute to the holistic enrichment of their intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being.


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


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


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:

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

2012 1st Runner-Up - The American Prize in Community Orchestral Conducting (community orchestra division)

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

First woman to conduct 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

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:
Classical Music, Screenwriting, Baseball, Cats

I am willing to talk to the media: yes

I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: yes

Can you do interviews in Spanish? no

Other languages you are fluent in:

Experience with the news media (especially electronic media):

Contact Details:
(512) 863-1354(office)
Office: Fine Arts 219