Meet Bass Soloist, Kyle Ferrill

Kyle Ferrill, baritone, joined the voice faculty of the University of Memphis in the fall of 2014. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Memphis, Ferrill taught at Indiana University, Boston University, Butler University, DePauw University, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the Asolo (Italy) Song Festival, the University of Idaho, Songfest, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. 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 BrahmsRequiem 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. In the summers, Ferrill teaches at Interlochen Center for the Arts and at SongFest in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.kyleferrill.com.