Dr. Kyle Ferrill, baritone, joins the faculty of the Lionel Hampton School of Music in the fall of 2011. Dr. Ferrill is a passionate and committed educator, and enjoys teaching both applied voice and voice-related subjects. As a professor, Dr. Ferrill places special emphasis on holistic musical development--his goal is for each student to be a complete musician by connecting the various aspects of musical training. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Idaho, Ferrill taught at Indiana University, Boston University, Butler University, DePauw University, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the Asolo (Italy) Song Festival, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Dr. Ferrill's students have enjoyed success at competitions such as NATS, and gone on to graduate studies at prestigious institutions or to successful careers as music educators. His formal schooling has been enriched by studies at Tanglewood, Songfest, Ravinia, and several sessions in the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshops. Dr. Ferrill has coached with Phyllis Curtin, Ken Griffiths, Dennis Helmrich, Rudolf Jansen, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Helmuth Rilling, Anthony Rooley, and Dawn Upshaw. Dr. Ferrill's doctoral dissertation, William Parker and the AIDS Quilt Songbook, reflects his interest for new music, and particularly for collaborating with living composers. He has worked closely with David Bruce, Anna Clyne, Ruth Fazal, Osvaldo Golijov, Ricky Ian Gordon, John Harbison, and Jake Heggie.
Dr. Ferrill is an active performer with a vast repertoire spanning from Monteverdi to modern music. He has sung on 5 continents, including a recent tour of China. He has appeared with some of the nation's finest orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and New York's Orchestra of St. Luke's. Conductors include Stefan Asbury, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Keith Lockhart, Gil Rose, Robert Spano, Kirk Trevor, and John Williams. Recent engagements include the Brahms Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with St. Olaf College Choir and Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, a commercial recording of Ruth Fazal's Awakening with the Slovak National Orchestra in Bratislava, Slovakia, and a reprise of a successful Carnegie Hall commission, David Bruce's Piosenki, in London. He and his wife, mezzo Lexa Ferrill, enjoy performing together and also love to travel, cook, hike, and ski. For more information on Dr. Ferrill, please visit www.kyleferrill.com