Mariana Farah’s Mead Witter School of Music appointment begins August 2021. 

Mariana Farah will begin as Director of Choral Activities in Fall 2021.  She is currently 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, Master’s degree from the University of Iowa, and her DMA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her choirs have successfully performed at the Missouri and Kansas Music Educators Association conventions and at the 2008 and 2018 Southwestern ACDA conferences.

Mariana Farah
Director of Choral Studies

Appointment begins August 2021

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 engagements include appearances as a conductor at the 2019 Northwest Kansas Music Educators Association High School Honor Choir, the 2018 Southwestern ACDA conference, 2016 & 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association Convention, Universidade de São Paulo-Ribeirão Preto, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Festival de Música de Londrina, Adams State Honor Choir Festival, the 2015 Kantorei Summer Choral Institute, a residency with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the 2014 Idaho All State Treble Choir.

Dr. Farah is the Music Director at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence where she directs the Chancel Choir and oversees a thriving music program. She also serves as the Interim Conductor for the Wichita Chamber Chorale (2019-2020) and as a board member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. She has proudly served as the President Elect (2018-2020) and R&R Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives (2014-2018) for the ACDA Southwestern Division. As a singer, Mariana performed with the Kansas City Te Deum Chamber Choir (2015-2018) and participated in their 2016 recording of Brahms: A German Requiem (Centaur Records). The recording was recognized by The American Prize, naming Te Deum a semi-finalist for best Choral Performance (community division) for the 2019-20 contest.