The ARS welcomes Frank Ferko

August 12, 2016
Ray Heigemeir
Frank Ferko

The Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Ferko to the position of Sound Archives Librarian. Recently, Frank served as the Metadata Creation Professional in Music and Media at UC Berkeley.

The prior three years he was a catalog assistant at the Talbott Library of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. where he created original metadata and performed copy cataloging for music print materials. Frank is familiar to many at Stanford for the five years he worked in the Archive of Recorded Sound, first on a three-year project funded by the Mellon Foundation to catalog the 78 rpm collection and then on a CLIR Hidden Collections project to provide access to four archival collections including the Ambassador Auditorium Collection. Frank first came to Stanford from Northwestern University where he worked for many years in a number of positions related to music cataloging. His educational background includes degrees in music composition (DMA) from Northwestern University, music theory (MM) from Syracuse University, and piano and organ performance (BM) from Valparaiso University.

In addition to his library work, he is active as a composer specializing in works for a cappella vocal ensembles. Over 125 of his works are published by E.C. Schirmer, and his music can be heard in live performances and radio broadcasts around the world. He has a special interest in the music of Olivier Messiaen on which he has done research, lectured, and performed publicly. Other research interests include the music of Hildegard von Bingen and the Swiss composer, Marc Briquet. In coming to Stanford, Frank says that it will be “very exciting for me to work in the forefront of the technological changes as they pertain to the creation and dissemination of information for materials in the Archive of Recorded Sound.” We’re very happy and excited to welcome Frank to the Archive beginning August 15.