Frank Ferko

Sound Archives Metadata Librarian

As Sound Archives Metadata Librarian, I am responsible for the processing and description of archival collections related to historical sound recordings and the cataloging of individual recordings in the Archive of Recorded Sound.  I work with a professional team in the ARS which includes the Sound Archives Librarian and the Operations Manager, and I also collaborate across departmental lines with other members of the Stanford community within the library system and beyond.


  • D.Mus., Music Composition, Northwestern University
  • M. Mus., Music Theory, Syracuse University
  • B. Mus., Piano and Organ Performance, Valparaiso University

Professional activities 

Music Library Association; Coordinator of the MLA Musical Theatre Interest Group; MLA California Chapter

International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML)

Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

Outside of Stanford:

Composer: focus on writing concert music (vocal, choral, instrumental ensembles, opera)

Publishing contract with E. C. Schirmer Music Company (ECS Publishing)

Member of ASCAP (Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers) since 1986

Selected Publications 

"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.)

More about me 

Sound Recording Cataloger (Mellon Project) and Project Archivist (CLIR Project) at Stanford's Archive of Recorded Sound (2006-2011)

Sound Archives Librarian (2016-2018)

Annual guest lectures on the organ music of Olivier Messiaen, Northwestern University (1993-2004)

Composer-in-Residence, Dale Warland Singers (2001-2003)

Two dissertations written about my choral works:

Frank Ferko’s The Hildegard Motets, A 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)

More information about my work as a composer is available at this website: