Lois Ferrari

Professor of Music Lois Ferrari recently conducted the Austin Civic Orchestra in a performance of Mahler’s 4th Symphony. The concert was presented in the Alma Thomas Theater on February 8, 2020. Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music Katherine Altobello ’99 was the guest soloist. A preconcert talk was given by SU alumni Walter P. (Gus) Sterneman III ’07.

—February 2020

Professor of Music Lois Ferrari conducted the Austin Civic Orchestra in a December performance of Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons, featuring Austin Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jessica Mathaes. Also on the program was Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and other holiday favorites.

—December 2019

Professor of Music Lois Ferrari began her 18th consecutive appointment as music director of the Austin Civic Orchestra with two concerts this past semester: Cosmos, featuring music from the science-fiction and fantasy genres, and New York, New York, a musical tribute to the Big Apple. For the latter, composer Anthony Iannaccone was on hand to present a preconcert talk regarding his piece Waiting for Sunrise on the Sound, and previous Pearl Amster winner Ben Laude flew in from New York City to perform Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody for piano. The orchestra also performed the music of Bernstein and Rodgers, plus a suite of music from The Godfather by Rota.

—December 2019

Under the direction of Professor of Music Lois Ferrari,the Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) has won second place for the nationally adjudicated American Prize in community orchestra performance of American music (Ernst Bacon Memorial Award). Ferrari and the ACO submitted a performance recording of a piece by local composer Dan Welcher, as well as the music of William Grant Still and Lee Actor. The ACO also garnered overall praise from the American Prize staff for the orchestra’s 2017–2018 season, titled Made in America, which featured music exclusively by American composers.

—September 2019

Professor of Music Lois Ferrari was awarded second place for the 2019 nationally adjudicated American Prize in community orchestra conducting. Ferrari’s work with the Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) was also honored in the community orchestra performance category, with the ACO winning third place.

—September 2019