Making his debut with the WGO, Mark Ferrell is director of KU Opera and a coach-accompanist in KU’s Division of Voice and Opera. He has worked as conductor or associate conductor with Chicago Lyric Opera; L’Opera de Montreal; San Francisco Opera; Dallas Opera; Houston Grand Opera; Opera Company of Philadelphia; Tulsa Opera; Opera Theater of St. Louis; Kansas City Lyric Opera; and the Utah Festival Opera Company. As an accompanist he has toured the United States, Japan, Europe and Central America. He has served as the music director of the Tulsa Opera Young Artist Program and as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Ferrell has been music director of all KU opera and musical theater productions of the School of Music and The University Theatre for many years, and has conducted many of the productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, and many others.