Mariana Farah is the Associate Choral Director at The University of Kansas, where she teaches Graduate Choral Literature, directs two of KU’s choral ensembles, and helps oversee all aspects of the choral program. Born in Brazil, Dr. Farah received her Bachelor of Music in orchestral and choral conducting from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, as a student of Henrique Gregori. While in her native country, she appeared several times as guest conductor of the University Orchestra and of the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de Campinas. She also worked for the Universidade de São Paulo as the conductor of Grupo Lauda and Canto do Campus. She left Brazil in 2000 and came to the United States to pursue her master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Iowa under Dr. Timothy Stalter. In 2008, she completed her doctorate at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While at UMKC, Farah became the founder and conductor of the Conservatory Women’s Chorus, Bella Voce. Under her direction, the ensemble successfully performed at the 2007 Missouri Music Educators Association Convention and at the 2008 Southwestern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. 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 continues to garner international attention as a conductor, choral artist, teacher, and clinician, maintaining an active schedule as a clinician for several choral 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 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association Convention, Universidade de São Paulo-Ribeirão Preto, 33o. Festival de Música de Londrina, 2014 Adams State Honor Choir, and the 2014 Idaho All State Treble Choir. Prior to her appointment at KU, Farah served as the Director of Choral Activities at Indiana University Southeast and as the R&S Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the Indiana Choral Directors Association.