Publications and Presentations


The following is list of articles written by Mr. Ferko, guest presentations in which he has participated, as well as articles about him and reviews of his work.


May 1993



Articles by Frank Ferko

"Botto's Legacy," Choir & Organ, Vol. 11, No. 6 (November/December, 2002) (Orpheus Publications, Middlesex, U.K.)

"Portrait of the Dale Warland Singers," Choir & Organ, Vol. 11, No. 4 (July/August, 2002) (Orpheus Publications, Middlesex, U.K.)

"An Extraordinary Musical Odyssey: Paul Jacobs' Messiaen Marathon," The Diapason, 93:4:1109 (April 2002)

"Music of the Spheres Revisited: The Influence of the Work of Hildegard von Bingen on Twentieth Century Music Composition" Choir & Organ, Vol. 6, No. 5 (Sept./Oct., 1998) (Orpheus Publications, Middlesex, U.K.)

Review: "The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Volume I" Choir & Organ, Vol. 5, No. 3, (May/June, 1997) (Orpheus Publications, Middlesex, U.K.)

Review: "Vision: The Life and Music of Hildegard von Bingen," Choir & Organ, Vol. 4, No. 4, (July/August, 1996) (Orpheus Publications, Middlesex, U.K.)

"AGO Regional Conventional Reports 1991: Region V: Chicago, Illinois, June 23-26" The American Organist, Vol. 25, no. 10 (October 1991)

"The Organ Music of Marc Briquet," The American Organist, Vol. 23, no. 7 (July 1989)

"Avant-Garde Music and the Church," The American Organist, Vol. 16, no. 4 (April 1982)

Monographs/Dissertations about Frank Ferko's work

Frank Ferko's The Hildegard Motets: A Conductor's Preparatory Guide by David N. Childs (May 2003)

Stabat Mater by Frank Ferko : A Mosaic of Mourning: The Universality of Mothers' Grief: Ancient Texts Made Relevant by the Addition of English Interpolations by Barbara Sue Johnston Wilson (May 2006)

Interviews and Other Articles about Frank Ferko

Zivan, David. "A Mater of Importance," Chicago, February 2003.

Johnson, Lawrence A. "An Interview with Frank Ferko," Fanfare, Volume 23, No. 6 (July/August 2000)

Parker, Patricia G. "New Perspectives on "The Hildegard Organ Cycle," The Diapason, 92:8:1101 (August 2001)

Bond, David."Ferko: Stabat Mater," American Record Guide, Volume 64, No. 2 (March/April 2001) [Review]

Van Oyen. "Portrait of Composer Frank Ferko and his Hildegard works," The Diapason, 98:6:1063 (June 1998)

"Winner of the 1989-1990 AGO/Holtkamp Award" The American Organist, Vol. 24, no. 1 (January 1990)


Mr. Ferko's works have been reviewed in numerous publications including the following: Gramophone, The American Organist, Diapason, Fanfare, The American Record Guide, Choir & Organ, Choral Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Magazine, Bay Area Reporter, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Austin Chronicle and The Pioneer Press.

To see excerpts from selected reviews, please visit the Reviews page on this site.

Presentations by Mr. Ferko

Pre-Concert Talk at Stanford University: Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-JÚsus. Stanford University's Messiaen Centenary Celebration continues with pianist Christopher Taylor performing the entire Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-JÚsus on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Mr. Ferko's talk will precede the concert.

Pre-Concert Talk at Stanford University: An Overview of the Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen: Paper delivered at the inaugural concert of Stanford’s Messiaen Centenary Celebration, an all-Messiaen organ recital performed by Dame Gillian Weir.

From 1992 to the present Mr. Ferko has made numerous guest presentations of his own music at various universities in the U.S. and for chapters of the American Guild of Organists.

Annual guest lectures at Northwestern University's School of Music on the organ music of Olivier Messiaen, 1993-2004.

During his 2001-2003 composer residency with the Dale Warland Singers Mr. Ferko organized and presented and participated in pre-concert talks for the audience. These inlcuded discussions of new music, the setting of literary texts, interviews with composers and performers. Mr. Ferko was also invited to present his own works to students at the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College (both in Minneapolis) and Hopkins High School (Minnetonka, Minnesota).

Commissioning New Music: A Guide for Church Musicians, presented to the North Shore Chapter, AGO (November 2003) and the Fox Valley Chapter, AGO (October 2004).

"The Summary Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen," a lecture/demonstration presented at the Thirty-First Annual Meeting of the College Music Society in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An abstract of the presentation is published in CMS Proceedings: The National and Regional Meetings, 1988.


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