Guide to the William Ferris scores

Collection Title: William Ferris scores
Dates: 1952-1998
Identification: Ferris
Creator: Ferris, William, 1937-2000
Extent: 11.50 Linear Feet
Language of Materials: English, Latin
Abstract: Consists of holograph, manuscript, and published scores of nearly all of the composer's musical compositions written between 1952 and 1998 as well as sketches and notebooks related to specific works.
Acquisition Information: The materials are a gift of William Ferris and John Vorrasi; the first shipment was sent to the Music Library in September 1999.
Conditions Governing Use: The status and copyright on the materials are governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.).
Conditions Governing Access: Open to researchers under library restrictions. All access to these materials is strictly controlled.
Preferred Citation: William Ferris Manuscript Scores, Northwestern University Music Library.
Repository: Music Library
Deering Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/music
Email: musiclibrary@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3434

Biographical/Historical Information

William Ferris, organist, choral conductor and composer, b. Feb. 26, 1937, Chicago, IL, d. May 16, 2000, Chicago, IL. Received musical training in Chicago and studied composition with Alexander Tcherepnin, at the DePaul University School of Music (1955-1960) and took private lessons with Leo Sowerby (1957-1962). His other teachers included Paul Stassevitch, James Welch, and Arthur Becker.

He was organist at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago from 1954 to 1958, and again from 1962 to 1964. In 1966 he became Director of Music at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, New York, where he remained until 1971 when he returned to Chicago to become Director of Music and Composer-in-Residence at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. In 1971 he founded the William Ferris Chorale which specialized in performances of works from the Renaissance and from the 20th century. In 1973 he joined the faculty of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Although a large number of his works were sacred liturgical pieces, he also composed three operas, numerous orchestral and chamber works and many songs. His Acclamations for organ and orchestra was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and first performed by the CSO in 1983. His music was also presented at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1986 and broadcast on the BBC. In 1980 his Snowcarols, for soloists, chorus and chamber ensemble, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Ferris received numerous awards and honors for his outstanding contributions to the musical arts and was the first American composer to teach at the Vatican. Pope John Paul II conferred a Papal knighthood upon him in 1989.

Scope and Content

The materials, spanning the years 1952 to 1998, consist of holographs, copyists' manuscripts, and published scores and the composer’s sketches and notebooks.

Arrangement of Materials

Organized into 10 series: Operas; Orchestral Works; Chamber Works; Solo Keyboard Works; Songs; Choral Works; Arrangements; Student Compositions; Transcriptions; Psalms and Acclamations.

Subjects

Corporate Name

American Conservatory of Music (Chicago, Ill.)

Cathedral of the Holy Name (Chicago, Ill.)

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Rochester, N.Y.)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (Chicago, Ill.)

William Ferris Chorale

Personal Name

Becker, Arthur C., 1895-

Ferris, William, 1937-2000--Manuscripts

John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005

Sowerby, Leo, 1895-1968

Stassevitch, Paul, 1894-1968

Tcherepnin, Alexander, 1899-1977

Vorrasi, John

Welch, James B.


Container List / Contents

  • Operas
      Scope and Contents: Ferris composed three dramatic works: two operas and a mystical play with music. The archive contains the manuscript score of each work as well as sketches and other related materials.
    • Little Moon of Alban, (1974)Folder 1
        Scope and Contents: 6 sketchbooks; additional sketch pages in pencil and black ink.
    • The Diva, (1979)Folder 2
        Scope and Contents: Opera in One Act : Libretto by John Vorrasi after a scenario by William Ferris (with sketches and notebooks)
      • Sketchbook with additional inserted loose leaves of sketchesFolder 2, Item 1
      • Piano/vocal score in pencil (77 p.), libretto, sketches.Folder 2, Item 2
      • Piano/vocal score in black ink by copyist Phil Feo (80 p.).Folder 2, Item 3
      • Full score, in pencil (222 p.)Folder 2, Item 4
    • Angels: A Miracle Play for Singer, Actors and Instruments, (1998)Folder 3
        Scope and Contents: Full score in black ink (89 p.), and 1 folder of sketches in pencil and red pencil.
  • Orchestral Works
      Scope and Contents: The collection includes 20 orchestral works, some purely instrumental and some with singers. A full description of the materials for each work is provided under the listing for that work below.
    • For the Time Being : Christmas oratorio, for choir and orchestra, (1956)Folder 4
        Scope and Contents: Sketches of full score in ink and pencil (41 p.)
    • Violin Concerto : 3rd Movement, (1957)Folder 5
        Scope and Contents: Sketches of full score in pencil (40 p.)
    • Concert Piece for Trumpet, Horn and Strings, (1960)Folder 6
        Scope and Contents: Sketch in pencil and ink (33 p.); full score in black ink on onionskin (16 p.); 7 orchestral parts in black ink on onionskin; photocopy of full score taped on cardboard.
    • October-November : Symphonic Movement for Orchestra, (1962)Folder 7
      • Full score, in pencil (56 p.); Score reduced for piano, in pencil (13 p.); 33 orchestral parts, in ink.Folder 7, Item 1
      • Full score, in black ink on vellum (64p.)Folder 7, Item 2
    • Concert Piece for Organ and String Orchestra, (1963)Folder 8
      • Photocopy of full score in black ink (46 p.); Photocopy of score reduced for piano and organ, in pencil, and in black ink (20p.)Folder 8, Item 1
      • Full score in black ink on vellum (45 p.); Score reduced for piano and organ, in black ink on vellum (21 p.); 5 orchestral parts in black ink on vellumFolder 8, Item 2
    • De Profundis : Mixed Chorus, Soprano and Tenor Solos, Full Orchestra, (1964)Folder 9
      • Sketches in pencil (5 p.); Full score, in pencil (36p.)Folder 9, Item 1
      • Full score, in ink (27 p.)Folder 9, Item 2
      • Full score, in ink on vellum (43 p.)Folder 9, Item 3
    • Celebrations : Overture for Orchestra, (1966)Folder 10
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in pencil (23 p.); Sketch of piano part, in pencil (7 p.)
    • Litany of Repose : Mixed Chorus, String Ensemble and Oboe, (1967)Folder 11
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 p.); optional English horn part.
    • The Angelic Salutation : Glory to God in the Highest: Mixed Chorus, Organ and Orchestra, (1968)Folder 12
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (26 p.); Full score, in pencil (21 p.); Reduced score for chorus and organ, in ink (15 p.); 15 parts, in ink
    • Bristol Hills : A Reflection for String Orchestra, (1969)Folder 13
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (13 p.); 2 photocopies of full score (one with corrections); 5 parts in ink; 1 copy of program from premiere.
    • Make We Joy : A Cantata for Christmas : Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, Baritone and Bass Solos, Mixed Chorus and Chamber Ensemble, (1977)Folder 14
        Scope and Contents: Texts by John Vorrasi and anonymous English poets.
      • Full score in ink (78 p.), possibly by copyist Phil Feo; Full score in pencil, with additions in ink; Sketches, in pencil (4 p.); Text with notes and cues (4 p.)Folder 14, Item 1
      • 11 parts, in ink.Folder 14, Item 2
    • A Song of Light : Soprano, Tenor and Baritone Solos, Mixed Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, (1976)Folder 15
      • Reduced score, in ink (37 p.); Reduced score, in pencil (44 p.)Folder 15, Item 1
      • Full score, in pencil (76 p.); 18 parts, in ballpoint ink.Folder 15, Item 2
    • A Snow Carol: 3rd Movement of Snow Carols : for Unaccompanied Mixed Chorus (Text by Christina Rossetti), (1979)Folder 16
        Scope and Contents: Piano/vocal score, in ink (6 p.); Sketches, in pencil (8 p.); Sketches in ink (4 p.); Text (1 p.); Proof copy of published score with composer's corrections in green ink and red pencil (8 p.); Published score (8 p.) (Oxford University Press, 1979)
    • Snowcarols : Five Carols for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass solos, Mixed Chorus and Chamber Ensemble, (1980)Folder 17
        Scope and Contents: Texts by various poets and John Vorrasi
      • Piano/vocal score, in ink (70 p.) + 1 photocopy of piano/vocal score; 2 sketchbooks with sketches in pencil; additional sketch pages inserted.Folder 17, Item 1
      • Piano/vocal score, in pencil (91 p.); Texts with annotations, some handwritten in pencil, some typed (8 p.)Folder 17, Item 2
      • Full score, in pencil (136 p.)Folder 17, Item 3
      • 18 orchestra parts, in ink by copyist Phil Feo, spiral bound.Folder 17, Item 4
    • Acclamations : for Organ and Orchestra, (1981-1982)Folder 18
        Scope and Contents: Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
      • Condensed score, in pencil (51 p.); Additional sketches in pencil (19 p.)Folder 18, Item 1
      • Condensed score, in ink (53 p.); Organ registrations (9 p.); Organ part (pages photocopied from condensed score, cut and bound) by Phil Feo; Photocopy of condensed score (50 p.) with parts cut out.Folder 18, Item 2
      • Full score, in pencil (74 p.)Folder 18, Item 3
    • Modern Music : Chorus and Orchestra, (1988)Folder 19
        Scope and Contents: Full score, proof copy; Piano/vocal score, in ink (29p.); Sketches in pencil (21 p.); Text, in typescript (1 p.); Letter from Oxford University Press.
    • Recordare : for Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra, (1991)Folder 20
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in pencil (28 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (13 p.)
    • Gloria : for Mixed Chorus, Solo Quartet and Orchestra, (1992)Folder 21
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in pencil (71 p.); Piano/vocal score, photocopy (33 leaves); Sketches of vocal score, in pencil (31 leaves)
    • Amen/Alleluia : Invocations for a Festival, for Mixed Chorus, Soprano Solo, Brass, Percussion and Organ, (1992)Folder 22
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in pencil (24 p.); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (20 p. + 5 additional inserted leaves)
    • Corridors of Light : for Baritone, Oboe, Chorus, String Orchestra, Piano and Percussion, (1994)Folder 23
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in pencil (51 leaves); Piano/vocal score, in ink (25 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (30 numbered p. + 4 additional p. + 1 leaf of text with annotations in pencil and red pencil)
  • Chamber Works
      Scope and Contents: The collection includes materials for 31 chamber works by Ferris. A full description of the materials for each work is provided under the listing for that work below.
    • Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano, (1957)Folder 24
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (17 p.) + 3 1/2 parts
    • Three Short Lyrics, for Tenor, Flute and Cello, (1958)Folder 25
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 p.); Full score, in ink on onionskin (8 p.); Engraved proof (2 copies before corrections + 1 copy with corrections in red ink); 2 parts, in ink ; Sketch, in pencil (2 leaves)
    • String Trio : Violin, Viola, Cello, (1958)Folder 26
        Scope and Contents: Full score (photocopy; 39 p.) with additional markings in pencil; Full score in ink, on onionskin (39 p.); Sketch, in pencil (2 p.)
    • Chorale Fantasy : Clarinet, Cello and Piano, (1962)Folder 27
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink with revisions (17 p.); Sketch, in pencil (12 p.); Photocopy of a sketch; 2 instrumental parts (Violoncello and clarinet)
    • Ed E Subito Sera (Salvatore Quasimodo) : Solo Cantata for Tenor and String Quartet, (1965)Folder 28
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (27 p.) with additional typed text pages; Full score in pencil (27 p.); 5 parts by Phil Feo; Photocopy of onionskin score with corrections; Sketch of vocal score with piano, in pencil (2 p.); Vocal score, in ink (4 p.); List of changes (1 p.); Composer's notes (1 p.); List of unaccompanied works.
    • A Festival Flourish : Two Trumpets and Organ, (1966)Folder 29
        Scope and Contents: Published score with 2 parts, published by GIA Publications, Chicago, IL; No manuscript material.
    • Three Evocations : Oboe and Organ, (1969)Folder 30
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (10 p.) + 1 part; Full score (photocopy) glued to cardboard; Full score photocopied onto cardboard.
    • Concert Piece for Organ and Five Brass Instruments, (1969)Folder 31
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (23 p.); 5 instrumental parts, in ink
    • Three Diversions : Violin and Organ, (1970)Folder 32
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (24 p.); Violin part, in ink; Violin part (photocopy)
    • Tubae Caelorum : A Fanfare for a Festival Day : Brass Quartet and Timpani, (1978)Folder 33
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 p.); 5 instrumental parts, in ink; Sketches (3 p.); Full score and parts, published by GIA Publications, Chicago, IL
    • Sonata for Flute and Piano, (1983-1984)Folder 34
      • Full score, in ink (47 p.); Full score (45 p., photocopy, with handwritten additions on music ms. paper taped in); 1 flute part (11 p., photocopy; p. 9-10 are handwritten in ink on ms. paper); 1 fragment, handwritten in ink on ms. paper; Composer's handwritten notes on corrections (2 p.), (1983)Folder 34, Item 1
      • Sketch of 3rd movement, in pencil and red pencil (3 leaves), (1983)Folder 34, Item 2
      • Sketch of revised full score, in pencil and red pencil ([29] p., various page numberings on various sizes of paper), some pages are paper-clipped together, (1984)Folder 34, Item 3
      • Sketch of revised 2nd movement, in pencil and red pencil ([16] leaves), on two different sizes of paper; larger sheets are numbered 15-21, smaller sheets are unnumbered, (1984)Folder 34, Item 4
    • A Summons : Brass and Percussion, (1983)Folder 35
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (2 p.); Sketches, in pencil (2p.); 5 instrumental parts.
    • Fanfare and Alleluia (for Holy Saturday) : Brass, Timpani, Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1984)Folder 36
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (10 p.)
    • Vocalise : Soprano, Harpsichord and Organ, (1985)Folder 37
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (16 p.); Sketches, in pencil (12 p.)
    • The Morning Watch : Horn Call for Holy Saturday, (1986)Folder 38
        Scope and Contents: 1 p. of music, in ink, on a folded sheet of ms. paper.
    • A Fable : Tenor, Harp and Double Bass, (1987)Folder 39
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (12 p.)
    • Recitative and Aria : Flute, Harp and String Quintet, (1987)Folder 40
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (11 p.); 7 instrumental parts in ink; Composer's notes (1 p.)
    • Jesu Dulcis: Meditation for Oboe Solo, (1988)Folder 41
        Scope and Contents: 1 leaf of music, in felt tip ink.
    • Parables : Solo Harp, (1988)Folder 42
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink (15 p.); Sketch of complete work, in pencil (14 p.); Additional sketches and notes, in pencil (30 p.); Additional notes in ink (1 card)
    • Homage to César Franck : Cello, Harp and Organ, (1990)Folder 43
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (6 leaves ; 21 x 31 cm.); Two instrumental parts, in ink; Sketches in pencil and red pencil (3 leaves ; 34 x 27 cm.)
    • Lullaby for a Little One : Double Bass and Piano, (1988)Folder 44
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (6 p.); Sketches, in pencil (4 p.)
    • Fanfares and a March : Two Organs, (1989)Folder 45
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (10 p.); Sketches, in pencil (11 p.)
    • Duo Seraphim : Canticle for Two Harps, (1990)Folder 46
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (10 p.); Sketches, in pencil (11 p.)
    • Three Spirituals : Tenor, Harp and Double Bass, (1990)Folder 47
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (18 p.); Sketches, in pencil (20 p.)
    • Deep River : Violin and Organ, (1993)Folder 48
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (15 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil ([19] p.)
    • Three Architectural Flourishes : Brass Quartet and Percussion, (1993)Folder 49
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (8 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (2 p. + 5 leaves)
    • A Birthday Fanfare : Two Trumpets, Timpani and Organ, (1995)Folder 50
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (6 leaves); 3 instrumental parts (3 leaves)
    • Cliff Dwellers Flourishes : Two Trumpets, (1996)Folder 51
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (2 leaves); 2 parts, in ink + 1 photocopy of each part; Sketches in pencil, red pencil and black felt tip ink (4 leaves)
    • Lux Aeterna : Flute and Viola, (1997)Folder 52
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (12 leaves); 2 instrumental parts, in ink; Sketch, in pencil (9 leaves) + 2 additional unnumbered leaves of pencil sketches.
    • Feducia, for Clarinet and Piano, (1998)Folder 53
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (8 leaves); Sketches, in pencil, red pencil and green pencil (12 leaves) + 1 additional sketch leaf, in ink; 1 instrumental part, in ink; published copy of the source of the original tune.
    • Campane Di Notte : "Night Bells," for Handbells and Piano, (1998)Folder 54
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (6 leaves); Sketches in pencil and red pencil (7 leaves)
    • A Cheerful Flourish, (1998)Folder 55
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (2 leaves); Photocopy of full score.
  • Solo Keyboard Works
      Scope and Contents: The collection includes materials for 16 works composed by Ferris for solo keyboard instruments. A full description of the materials for each work is provided under the listing for that work below.
    • Theme With Variations : Organ, (1974)Folder 56
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink (4 p.)
    • Sonata for Organ, (1958)Folder 57
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink on onionskin (54 p.) + Photocopy of complete work; Sketches, in pencil (56 p.)
    • Suite for Piano (Four Pieces), (1960)Folder 58
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (4 p.)
    • Sonatina for Piano, (1962)Folder 59
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink on onionskin (19 p.); Sketch, in pencil (8 p.)
    • Introduction and Fugue : (Organ), (1962)Folder 60
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink (16 p.); Sketch, in pencil (6 p.); 1 copy of published work (Boston : McLaughlin and Reilly Co., 1964)
    • Threnody : (Organ), (1965)Folder 61
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (4 p.); 2 copies of published work (Boston : McLaughlin and Reilly Co., 1966)
    • Giovanezza, a mood for piano, (1967)Folder 62
        Scope and Contents: 2 copies of published work (Rochester, N.Y. : Alban Editions, 1971)
    • Soliloquy (Organ), (1967)Folder 63
        Scope and Contents: 2 copies of published work (New York, N.Y. : H.W. Gray/Belwin Mills, 1970)
    • Sonata for Piano, (1976)Folder 64
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink (30 p.); Sketches, in pencil (51 p.); Photocopy of sketches of 3rd movement
    • Serenade for Piano, (1984)Folder 65
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink (3 p.); Photocopy of complete work; Sketches, in pencil (4 p.)
    • A Suffolk Memory, for Piano, (1986)Folder 66
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink (36 p.); Sketches in pencil (24p.); Composer's notes (1 card)
    • A Tune for Ten : Solo Piano, (1987)Folder 67
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of ms. in ink (2 p.); Sketch, in pencil (1 p.)
    • A Birthday Serenade: To celebrate Gian Carlo Menotti's 80th birthday, for Piano, (1991)Folder 68
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 [i.e. 6] leaves); Sketches in pencil, red pencil and black ink (5 leaves)
    • Tournament of Trumpets, for Organ, (1991)Folder 69
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (9 leaves); Sketches in pencil and red pencil on various sizes of paper (10 leaves)
    • The Lake Place, for Piano, (1993)Folder 70
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink (3 leaves); Sketches in pencil and red pencil ([8] p.)
    • Summerlude: A Pastorale for Organ, (1995)Folder 71
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink (6 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (9 leaves)
  • Songs
      Scope and Contents: The collection includes materials for 37 vocal solo works by Ferris. A full description of the materials for each work is provided under the listing for that work below.
    • A Cold Spring : Tenor and Nine Instruments, (1957)Folder 72
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (15 p.); Sketch of piano/vocal score, in pencil (3 p.); 7 parts, in ink
    • My Dove, My Beautiful One : (Joyce) : Tenor and Piano, (1958)Folder 73
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (5 leaves); Sketch in ink with corrections in pencil (2 p.)
    • Love Is Not All : (Millay) : Tenor and Piano, (1959)Folder 74
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink on onionskin (5 leaves); Photocopy of full score.
    • When the Lamp is Shattered : (Shelley) : Tenor and Piano, (1959)Folder 75
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (12 leaves); Sketches in pencil (5 p.)
    • Ashes of Life : (Millay) : Soprano and Piano, (1962)Folder 76
        Scope and Contents: Full score, ink on onionskin (10 leaves); Sketch in pencil (5 p.); Copy of sketch in ink (6 p.)
    • To Night : (Shelley) : Soprano and Piano, (1962)Folder 77
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (12 leaves)
    • After Dark Vapours : (Keats) : Mezzo Soprano and Piano, (1965)Folder 78
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (10 leaves)
    • Song : (Keats) : Baritone and Piano, (1969)Folder 79
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (6 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (4 leaves)
    • To Those Who Will Speak : (Butler) : Baritone and Piano, (1969)Folder 80
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score (11 leaves)
    • My Heart is Ready, O God : (Psalms of David) : Sacred Song for Soprano and Organ, (1969)Folder 81
        Scope and Contents: Published copy of full score (New York, N.Y. : H. W. Gray/Belwin Mills, 1974)
    • Two Songs from Quasimodo : (Salvatore Quasimodo) : Tenor and Piano, (1970)Folder 82
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (6 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (7 leaves)
    • Sorrowful Dreams : (Millay) : Mezzo Soprano and Piano, (1972)Folder 83
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (6 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (6 leaves); Text sheet, handwritten.
    • A Clear Midnight : (Whitman) : Baritone and Piano, (1973)Folder 84
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (3 leaves); Sketch in pencil (3 leaves)
    • Song of a Man Who Has Come Through : (Lawrence) : Tenor and Harp, (1974)Folder 85
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (10 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (9 leaves); Harp part, in ink
    • The Golden Vessel : (Millay) : Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano, (1975)Folder 86
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (26 leaves); Full score sketch, in pencil (22 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (8 leaves)
    • Hope is the Thing With Feathers : (Dickinson) : Soprano and Piano, (1976)Folder 87
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 leaves); Sketch in pencil (4 leaves)
    • Who Are Those Below (Dickinson), for Soprano and Piano, (1977)Folder 88
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 leaves); Photocopy of full score; Sketches, in pencil (6 leaves)
    • Poet : (Fiacc) : Tenor and Piano, (1978)Folder 89
        Scope and Contents: Full score , in ink (5 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (7 leaves)
    • The Garden : (Brady) : Soprano and Piano, (1978)Folder 90
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (6 leaves); Photocopies of full score (2 copies); Sketch, in pencil (5 leaves)
    • It's Name is Known : (Kelleher) : Baritone and Piano, (1979)Folder 91
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (4 leaves); Additional sketches, in pencil (3 leaves)
    • Waking : Baritone and Piano, (1981)Folder 92
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (4 leaves)
    • Angele Dei : Tenor and Piano, (1981)Folder 93
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 p.); Sketches, in pencil (3 leaves); Composer's notes (1 leaf); Text in typescript (1 leaf)
    • A Comment : (Parker) : Medium Voice and Piano, (1982)Folder 94
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (2 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (3 leaves)
    • Spread O Spread Thy Mighty Word : (Luebeck) : Solo Voice, (1982)Folder 95
        Scope and Contents: Complete work, in ink (4 leaves)
    • Alms : Mezzo Soprano and Piano, (1983)Folder 96
        Scope and Contents: Sketches, in pencil (4 leaves)
    • Five Duets on Japanese Poems : Two Tenors, [n.d.]Folder 97
        Scope and Contents: Sketches, in pencil (1 leaf)
    • Amen in AISS : Timpani and Voices, (1984)Folder 98
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (2 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (2 leaves)
    • A Wedding Toast, (1984)Folder 99
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score (2 leaves)
    • Let the Florid Music Praise : Duet for Soprano, Tenor and Piano, (1984)Folder 100
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (12 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (10 leaves); Photocopies of full score (2 copies)
    • Be Still Be Silent : (MacDonough) : Medium Voice and Piano, (1985)Folder 101
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (7 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (6 leaves)
    • Rise Up My Love : Soprano, Flute and Organ, (1986)Folder 102
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score (4 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (1 leaf)
    • 5 Holy Songs : Tenor and organ, (1989)Folder 103
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (15 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (12 leaves)
    • Come Lord and Tarry Not : Solo Voice, C Instrument and Organ, (1993)Folder 104
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score (4 leaves); Sketches in pencil and red pencil (3 leaves)
    • Creator of the Stars of Night : Tenor and Organ, (1993)Folder 105
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (6 leaves); Sketches in pencil and red pencil (4 leaves)
    • The Small Hours : (Parker) : A Cycle of Eight Songs for Soprano and Piano, (1994)Folder 106
        Scope and Contents: Full score (15 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (21 half-size leaves)
  • Choral Works
      Scope and Contents: The collection includes materials for 112 choral works by Ferris. A full description of the materials for each work is provided under the listing for that work below.
    • Requiem, (1952)Folder 107
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in ink and pencil (1 folded sheet)
    • Puer Natus Est : Chorus, (1953)Folder 108
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 p.)
    • Tota Pulchra Es : Choir and Organ, (1954)Folder 109
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (2 p.)
    • Improperium : Motet for Three-Part Male Chorus, (1955)Folder 110
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves); Sketch in pencil (2 leaves); Photocopy of ink sketch (2 leaves)
    • Ecce Sacerdas Magnus : Chorus, (1956)Folder 111
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (4 leaves)
    • Missa Brevis : Tenor and Organ, (1956)Folder 112
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (4 leaves)
    • Tantum Ergo Motet : Voices, (1956)Folder 113
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score (1 leaf)
    • Missa Brevis : Mass for Three Part Male Chorus, (1956)Folder 114
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (8 leaves, bound)
    • Kyrie, (1956)Folder 115
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (2 leaves)
    • Jesu Nostra Refectro : 2 Voices and Organ, (1957)Folder 116
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (2 leaves)
    • Panis Angelicus : Chorus, (1957)Folder 117
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (1 leaf)
    • O Sacrum Convivium : 3 Voices, (1957)Folder 118
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (1 leaf)
    • Emitte Spiritum Tuum : Chorus and Tenor Solo, (1957)Folder 119
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (1 leaf)
    • O Magnum Mysterium : Chorus and Organ, (1957)Folder 120
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves)
    • Domine Non Secundum : Chorus, (1957)Folder 121
        Scope and Contents: Sketches, in pencil (4 leaves)
    • Ave Verum Corpus : Motet for Four Part Male Chorus and Organ, (1957)Folder 122
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (3 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (4 leaves); Photocopy of full score with corrections by the composer.
    • Confitemini Domino & Laudate Dominum : Chorus, (1957)Folder 123
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (2 leaves)
    • Requiem Mass : Male Chorus and Strings, (1957)Folder 124
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (2 leaves)
    • Three Naga Uta from "Hitomano:" Choir, (1958)Folder 125
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (5 leaves)
    • Crucem Tuam : Motet for Four Part Male Chorus, (1958)Folder 126
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score in ink (9 p.)
    • Communion Service : Chorus, (1959)Folder 127
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (47 leaves)
    • Lines Written in the Bay of Lerici : A Choral Song on a Text of Shelley : Mixed Chorus, (1960)Folder 128
        Scope and Contents: Photocopies of full score in ink (2 copies; 19 leaves each); Unfinished full score, in ink (2 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (14 leaves); Text in typescript (2 leaves)
    • Five Short Anthems : Two Part Male Chorus and Organ, (1960)Folder 129
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (21 leaves); Photocopy of full score with handwritten corrections (21 leaves)
    • Hic Est Qui Venit : Motet for Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1961)Folder 130
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (11 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (10 leaves)
    • How Long Wilt Thou Forget Me, O Lord? : Anthem for Baritone Solo, Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1961)Folder 131
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink on onionskin (19 leaves)
    • Lerica Sacra : Three Motets for Mixed Chorus, (1962)Folder 132
        Scope and Contents: Full score. in ink (15 leaves); Photocopy of full score on onionskin (15 leaves); Sketch of 1st and 3rd movements, in pencil (7 leaves)
      • Full score, in ink on onionskin ([i], 15 leaves)Folder 132, Item 1
      • Sketch of 1st and 3rd movements, in pencil (7 p.); Score, in ink (15 p.)Folder 132, Item 2
    • Ecce Sacerdos Magnus : Motet for Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1962)Folder 133
        Scope and Contents: Published score (Chicago, Ill. : GIA Publications, 1963)
    • Oratorio Mea Munda Est : Motet for Mixed Chorus, (1963)Folder 134
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (12 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (4 leaves)
    • Mass in Honor of St. James : Order of the Holy Communion : Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1964)Folder 135
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (35 leaves)
    • Hail Noble Flesh : Motet for Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1964)Folder 136
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin; Photocopy of full score with handwritten notes
    • Praise the Lord, O My Soul : Motet for Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1965)Folder 137
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score in ink (8 leaves); copy of published score (Chicago, Ill. : GIA Publications, 1966)
    • A Short English Mass : Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1965)Folder 138
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score in ink (15 leaves)
    • The Funeral Mass : Unison Voices and Organ, (1965)Folder 139
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score in ink (15 leaves); Sketch, in pencil ( 22 leaves); copy of published score (Boston, Mass. : McLaughlin and Reilly Co., 1966)
    • And Thou Shalt Love the Lord Thy God : Festival Anthem for Mixed Chorus and Brass Ensemble, (1965)Folder 140
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (16 leaves); Vocal score, in ink (5 leaves); 6 instrumental parts, in ink
    • Mass of Christ Our Most Holy Redeemer : Two Equal Voices and Organ, (1965)Folder 141
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink on onionskin (33 leaves); 7 instrumental parts, in ink; 5 instrumental parts (photocopies)
    • Lord Have Mercy : Unison Voices, (1966)Folder 142
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score in ink with text in typescript (2 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (3 leaves)
    • The Lord Said To Me : Introit for the Christmas Mass at Midnight : Mixed Chorus, Two Trumpets, Two Trombones, Percussion and Organ, (1966)Folder 143
        Scope and Contents: 5 instrumental parts, in ink; copy of published score (Chicago, Ill. : GIA Publications, 1968)
    • Mass to Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus : Unison Voices and Organ, (1967)Folder 144
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score in ink (13 leaves); 1 copy of published congregation part; photocopy of organ part
    • Open to Me, O Lord, the Gates of Justice : Motet for Mixed Chorus, Congregation and Organ, (1967)Folder 145
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score in ink (8 leaves); 1 copy of published score (Cincinnati, Ohio : World Library of Sacred Music, 1968)
    • The Earth Feared and Was Silent : Anthem for Easter Day : Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1967)Folder 146
        Scope and Contents: Copy of published score (Chicago, Ill. : GIA Publications, 1967)
    • My Friend Had A Vineyard : Canticle of Celebration : Treble Voices and Piano, (1968)Folder 147
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (8 leaves); Sketch (1 leaf); Sketch of "Behold, the Lamb of God" (2 leaves)
    • Te Deum Laudamus : Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1968)Folder 148
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (15 leaves); 5 instrumental parts; Sketch of brass/percussion score, in pencil (2 leaves); Photocopy of engraved proof; 1 copy of published score (New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 1979)
    • A Short Litany of Repose for a Just Man : In Memory of Senator Robert F. Kennedy : Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1968)Folder 149
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (4 leaves)
    • Out of Egypt : Cantata for Tenor and Baritone Solos, Mixed Chorus and Organ : text adapted by John Vorrasi from the Book of Hosea, (1969)Folder 150
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (32 leaves); Photocopy of full score; Sketches, in pencil (29 leaves); Additional sketch, in pencil (3 leaves); Text handwritten in ink (2 leaves)
    • Serene Alleluias : Treble Voices and Organ, (1969)Folder 151
        Scope and Contents: 1 copy of published score (Chicago, Ill. : GIA Publications, 1970)
    • Durobrivae : (St. John Fisher) : Music for Tenors, Basses, Five Brasses and Kettledrums, (1970)Folder 152
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (9 leaves)
    • An Anthem for St. Agnes : Unison Chorus and Piano, (1971)Folder 153
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (3 leaves)
    • One Thing Have I Desired of the Lord : Anthem for Male Chorus and Organ, (1971)Folder 154
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full score in ink (4 leaves)
    • Thou Art Fairer Than the Children of Men : Anthem for Four Part Male Chorus and Piano (Organ), (1971)Folder 155
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (9 leaves); Photocopy of full score.
    • A Canticle of Celebration : Mixed Chorus, Brass and Timpani, (1971)Folder 156
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (6 leaves); 5 instrumental parts, in ink.
    • Gentle Mary : A Christmas Carol : Two Part Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1972)Folder 157
        Scope and Contents: 1 copy of published score with handwritten corrections (New York, N.Y. : H. W. Gray/Belwin Mills, 1974)
    • A Blessing : Unison Voices and Organ, (1974)Folder 158
        Scope and Contents: Sketches, in pencil (3 leaves); 1 copy of published score with composer's handwritten notes (Chicago, Ill. : GIA Publications, 1977)
    • Psalm 29 : Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1974)Folder 159
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 leaves)
    • A Eucharistic Hymn : Mixed Chorus, Organ and Optional Brass : (Text by John Vorrasi), (1975)Folder 160
        Scope and Contents: Sketches, in pencil (3 leaves); Text, partially in typescript, partially handwritten (2 leaves); 1 copy of published score (New York, N.Y. : H. W. Gray, 1977)
    • Indian Summer : A Choral Song for Mixed Chorus and Piano : (Text by Emily Dickinson), (1975)Folder 161
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (13 leaves); Full score sketch, in pencil (10 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (2 leaves); Sketches of piano transcription (3 leaves); 1 copy of published score (New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 1979)
    • Jesus Christ is Risen Today : Mixed Chorus, (1977)Folder 162
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (3 leaves); 1 copy of published score (Chicago, Ill. : H. T. Fitzsimons Co., 1978)
    • Mass of Our Savior : Mixed Chorus, Congregation and Organ, (1978)Folder 163
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (28 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (21 leaves)
    • O Gracious Light : (Phos hilaron) : Mixed Chorus, (1978)Folder 164
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (3 leaves); Proof of full score, from ink and photocopied sources; 1 copy of published score (Chicago, Ill. : H. T. Fitzsimons, 1981)
    • II Passion Responses : Chorus, (1978)Folder 165
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (1 leaf); Sketch, in pencil (1 leaf)
    • The City of God : Mixed Chorus, (1978)Folder 166
        Scope and Contents: Sketches, in pencil (2 leaves); 1 copy of published score (Chicago, Ill. : H. T. Fitzsimons Co., 1981)
    • Missa Papae Septembris : Mixed Chorus, Congregation and Organ, (1979)Folder 167
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (12 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (32 leaves); Additions to score, in ink and pencil (22 leaves)
    • I Was Glad : Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1980)Folder 168
        Note:  Working draft in pencil (10 pages ; 34 cm) ; Final draft in ink (4 pages ; 34 cm)
    • Mass of the Morning Star : Mixed Chorus, Congregation and Organ, (1981)Folder 169
        Scope and Contents: Photocopy of full conductor's score; Sketches of brass and percussion parts (8 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (26 leaves); Unison voice score (12 leaves); 2 photocopies of unison score, 1 on cardboard; 10 brass and percussion parts by Phil Feo.
    • I Love the Lord : Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1982)Folder 170
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (13 leaves); Photocopy of full score; Photocopy of full score on onionskin; Sketch, in pencil (10 leaves)
    • Tu Es Petrus : Three Trumpets and Voices, (1983)Folder 171
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (3 leaves); 3 instrumental parts, in ink.
    • Beat Beat Drums! : Mixed Chorus, Solos, Timpani and Organ, (1984)Folder 172
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (28 leaves); Full score, in ink and photocopied sources (56 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (28 leaves); 19 instrumental parts by Phil Feo.
    • Sleep Holy Babe! : A Christmas Lullaby for Mixed Chorus, (1984)Folder 173
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (10 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (5 leaves)
    • Lord Have Mercy : Choir and Organ, (1984)Folder 174
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (3 leaves)
    • Te Deum : A Festival Canticle, for Mixed Chorus, Solos, Timpani and Organ, (1984)Folder 175
      • Full score, in ink and partially in photocopy (47p.); Sketches, in pencil and ink (34 p.)Folder 175, Item 1
      • Full score, 1st publisher's proof with corrections in red and blue ink; Full score and parts, 2nd proof with corrections in red and blue ink.Folder 175, Item 2
    • The Sparrow Finds a Home : Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1985)Folder 176
        Scope and Contents: 1 published copy of full score (Chicago, Ill. : GIA Publications, 1985)
    • Turba Choruses-Responses to the Passion of St. John : Mixed Chorus, (1985)Folder 177
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (8 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (5 leaves)
    • Hail Mary : Mixed Chorus, (1985)Folder 178
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (3 leaves); Photocopy of full score; Sketch, in pencil (2 leaves) (score published by Oxford University Press, New York.
    • Infant Holy, Infant Lowly : A Christmas Carol : Mixed Chorus, (1986)Folder 179
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (1 leaf); Keyboard reduction (1 leaf); Publisher's proof; 1 published copy (New York, N. Y. : Oxford University Press, 1987)
    • A Pascal Agnus Dei : Sopranos, Altos, Horn in F and Organ, (1986)Folder 180
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 leaves)
    • An Easter Gloria : Mixed Chorus, Cantor, Congregation, Brass, Percussion and Organ, (1986)Folder 181
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (13 leaves)
    • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis : (A Norwich Memory) : Sopranos, Altos and Organ, (1986)Folder 182
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (31 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (28 p.)
    • Kyrie and Agnus Dei : Oboe and Choir, (1986)Folder 183
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (11 leaves)
    • Kyrie and Agnus Dei : Harp and Choir, (1986)Folder 184
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (8 leaves)
    • A Canticle of Celebration : Mixed Choir, (1987)Folder 185
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 leaves)
    • Behold! Now Praise the Lord : Chorus and Organ, (1987)Folder 186
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (20 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (12 leaves)
    • Kyrie (Cornu) : for Horn and Chorus, (1987)Folder 187
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves)
    • Unison Mass in D : for Chorus and Organ, (1987)Folder 188
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (15 leaves); Sketches and notes, in pencil (15 leaves)
    • Lullay, Jesu : Treble Chorus and Organ, (1988)Folder 189
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (23 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (15 leaves); Text in typescript with composer's notes and cues (1 leaf)
    • Nocturne : Unaccompanied Chorus, (1988)Folder 190
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (16 leaves); Sketch, in pencil (17 leaves); Text written in ink with composer's notes (6 leaves)
    • Paschal Alleluia : Cantor, Choir, Congregation, Organ, Horn and Percussion, (1988)Folder 191
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves)
    • Festival Alleluia : Chorus, Brass, Timpani and Organ, (1988)Folder 192
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink, with organ part taped in (49 leaves)
    • Gloria : Female Voices, (1989)Folder 193
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (28 leaves ; 22 x 31 cm.); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (14 leaves ; 34 x 28 cm.)
    • Agnus Dei : Chorus and Horn, (1989)Folder 194
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (3 leaves)
    • Domine Audivi Auditum Tuum and Eripe Me Domine : Male Voices, (date unknown)Folder 195
      • Photocopy of full score of 1st work (2 leaves)Folder 195, Item 1
      • Full score of 1st work, in ink on onionskin (2 leaves); Full score of 2nd work, in ink on onionskin (2 leaves)Folder 195, Item 2
    • Stabat Mater : Chorus and Organ, (date unknown)Folder 196
        Scope and Contents: Full score in ink (6 leaves, bound)
    • Good Friday 1st Responsory, (date unknown)Folder 197
        Scope and Contents: Sketch, in pencil (2 leaves)
    • Si amor est, for Mixed Chorus, (1989)Folder 198
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (2 folded leaves)
    • For the Lamb Shall Feed Them : Anthem for Tenor Solo, Chorus and Organ, (1989)Folder 199
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (10 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and green pencil (12 leaves); Text photocopied from a published source (1 leaf)
    • The Mass of Mount Carmel : A Responsorial Setting for Cantor, Choir and Congregation, with organ accompaniment, (1992)Folder 200
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (33 p., some pages numbered); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (10 p., some pages numbered)
    • Come Holy Ghost : An Anthem for Mixed Chorus and Organ, (1992)Folder 201
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (8 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (6 leaves)
    • Hail Mary : A Marian Song for Sopranos, Altos and Organ, (1993)Folder 202
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (2 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (8 p.)
    • Come Lord and Tarry Not : for Unison Chorus (and/or solo) C Instrument and Keyboard, (1993)Folder 203
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (4 p., 3 leaves)
    • Creator of the Stars of Night : for Two Part Mixed Choir and Organ, (1993)Folder 204
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (2 p.)
    • Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates : for Sopranos, Altos, Basses and Organ, (1993)Folder 205
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (3 leaves); two leaves have correction sheets taped in.
    • On Jordan's Bank : An Advent Hymn for Voices (SATB), C Instrument Descant and Organ, (1993)Folder 206
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (2 leaves)
    • The Sequence and Gospel Acclamation for Pentecost Sunday : for Mixed Chorus, Brass Percussion and Organ, (1994)Folder 207
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (10 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (10 p.)
    • O Sun of Justice : A Lenten Anthem for Two Part Mixed Choir and Organ, (1995)Folder 208
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (4 leaves)
    • Be Merciful, O God : A Lenten Anthem for SAB and Organ, (1995)Folder 209
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (6 leaves)
    • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross : A Lenten Anthem for Unison Chorus (or Solo Voice) and Organ, (1995)Folder 210
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (5 leaves)
    • Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days : A Lenten Anthem for Mixed Choir and Organ, (1995)Folder 211
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (5 leaves)
    • Rhymes and Riddles, for Mixed Chorus, Children's Choir, Trumpet Percussion and Piano, (1995)Folder 212
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (32 leaves); Texts handwritten in pencil on ruled yellow sheets of paper (6 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (28 numbered leaves; 3 additional unnumbered leaves)
    • The Glory of These Forty Days : A Lenten Hymn for Mixed Chorus and/or Congregation, and Organ, (1995)Folder 213
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (5 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (2 leaves)
    • The House That Jack Built : A Rhymed Romp for Chorus, Many Solos and Piano, (1995)Folder 214
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (19 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (15 leaves); Texts handwritten in black felt-tip ink (3 leaves)
    • Lo, I Am With You Always : A Canticle for Mixed Chorus, Organ, Recorders, Viola and Triangle, (1996)Folder 215
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (22 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and green pencil (17 leaves); Texts, photocopied from a published source, with markings in red pencil and black felt-tip ink (3 leaves)
    • The Peacemakers : A Musical Parable : for Cantor, Assembly, Chorus and Organ, (1997)Folder 216
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (23 leaves ; 21 x 32 cm.); Additional score page, titled "My Peace," in ink (1 leaf ; 33 x 27 cm.); Sketches, in pencil (5 leaves ; 21 x 31 cm. + 1 leaf ; 33 x 27 cm.)
    • Blessed Cecilia : A Canticle, for A Saint's Day : for Mixed Choir and Organ, 1998Folder 217
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (11 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (7 leaves); Composer's notes, titled "To Do List" (3 p.)
  • Arrangements
      Scope and Contents: The collection contains 13 works arranged by Ferris. A full description of the materials included with each work is provided in the listing for that work.
    • Coventry Carol : Mixed Chorus, Two Flutes and Organ, (1974)Folder 218
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves); 2 instrumental parts, in ink.
    • Silent Night : (Gruber) : Mixed Chorus, String Quartet, Flute and Organ, (1977)Folder 219
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (6 leaves); 5 instrumental parts, in ink; Sketches, in pencil (3 leaves)
    • Jesu Dulcis Memoria : (Victoria) : Mixed Chorus, (1979)Folder 220
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (6 leaves); Sketch, in pencil and ink (6 leaves); Photocopy of base material (2 leaves)
    • National Anthem : Unaccompanied Mixed Chorus, (1982)Folder 221
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (6 p.)
    • St. Columba : Unison Chorus (SATB optional), (1982)Folder 222
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink.
    • Fanfare : (from anonymous medieval source) : for Two Trumpets and Organ, [date unknown]Folder 223
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (3 leaves); 2 instrumental parts, in ink (2 leaves)
    • Festival Alleluias : Set to Toccata from "Symphonie V" by Charles Marie Widor : for Chorus, Trumpets, Percussion and Organ, (1988)Folder 224
        Scope and Contents: Condensed score, in ink (12 leaves); 5 instrumental parts, in ink; Organ part (copy of the Widor Toccata, published by Marks Music Corporation, New York, N. Y.)
    • All Things Go In Pairs : Canticle for Voices and Organ : Text from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, (1994)Folder 225
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink ( 3 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (2 leaves)
    • Now The Christ Child Is Born For Us : Concertato on Il est Né : for Oboe, Clarinet (B flat), Percussion, Choir, Assembly and Organ, (1998)Folder 226
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (12 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (8 leaves); Photocopy of published tune with English text (2 leaves)
    • Once in Royal David's City : Concertato on Irby : SATB Choir, Assembly, Flute and Organ, (1998)Folder 227
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (8 leaves); Sketches, in pencil and red pencil (7 leaves); photocopy of published tune with English text (1 leaf)
    • In the Bleak Midwinter : Concertato on Cranham : SATB Choir, Assembly, Cello and Organ, 1998Folder 228
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (7 leaves); Sketch, in pencil and red pencil (7 leaves); photocopy of published tune with English text, including various notes in the composer's hand (1 leaf)
    • Good Christian Friends, Rejoice : Concertato on In Dulci Jubilo : SATB Choir, Assembly, Two Trumpets (C), Horn (F), and Organ, 1998Folder 229
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (8 leaves); Trumpet parts, in score format (4 leaves); Sketch, in pencil and red pencil (7 leaves); published copy of tune with English text (1 leaf)
    • A La Nanita Nana : Traditional Spanish Carol : Arranged for Harp and Chorus, [date unknown]Folder 230
        Scope and Contents: Full score, in ink (4 leaves); Sketches, in pencil (3 p.)
  • Student Compositions
      Scope and Contents: The collection includes materials for 1 student composition. A full description is provided below.
    • Prelude and Fugue, [ca. 1956]Folder 231
        Description: Complete work in pencil (5 p.) ; Sketches in pencil, including transpositions of the fugue subject into all keys (2 p.)
  • Transcriptions
    • Concerto [no. 2] for organ and orchestra [by] Leo Sowerby (posthumous), ca. 1968Folder 232
        Description: Incomplete score in pencil (5 p. ; 48 cm)
    • La corona [by] Leo Sowerby, 1989Folder 233
        Note:  Photocopy of holograph full score (incomplete) (48 pages ; 44 cm) with performance markings and corrections in red and green crayon ; Holograph of choral parts without orchestration (pages 53-61 ; 36 cm) ; Photocopy of holograph vocal score (22 pages ; 44 cm) with performance markings and corrections in red and green crayon.
  • Psalms and Acclamations
      Scope and Contents: Psalms and acclamations for Sundays in the three-year liturgical cycle (indicated A, B and C) are included as well as for special feast days and other occasions in the liturgical calendar