Mariana Farah is the associate director of choral activities at the University of Kansas, where she teaches courses in graduate choral literature and conducting, directs the KU Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale, and helps oversee all aspects of the choral program. Born in Brazil, Farah received her Bachelor of Music from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, master’s degree from the University of Iowa, and her DMA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her choirs have successfully performed at the Missouri and Kansas Music Educators Association conventions and at the 2008 and 2018 Southwestern ACDA conferences.
Prior to her appointment at KU, Farah served as the director of choral activities at Indiana University Southeast. She is currently the music director at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence where she directs the Chancel Choir and oversees a thriving music program. Farah serves as the R&R Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the ACDA Southwestern Division and as a national board member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. She is also a singer with the Kansas City Te Deum Chamber Choir.
"My first year in college, I spent much of my time getting to know and making music with other students. I learned that individual hours in the practice room were essential for my professional development, but I also discovered that team work was a vital part of great music-making."