Aspen Music Festival And School

Kyle Ferrill Back To Artist-Faculty

Instrumental Focus

  • bass-baritone

Kyle Ferrill, baritone, joined the voice faculty of the University of Memphis in the fall of 2014. Additionally, he teaches in the summers at SongFest and at the Interlochen Arts Camp. 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 treatise, 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. For more information, please visit

Robert Spano, Music Director

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