Program Notes
Canotila, according to Lokota Native American lore, are spirits that live in trees.

Biographical Sketch
Mike McFerron is professor of music and composer-in-residence at Lewis University and he is
founder and co-director of Electronic Music Midwest ( A past fellow the
MacDowell Colony, Ucross, June in Buffalo, and the Chamber Music Conference of the
East/Composers’ Forum, honors include, among others, first prize in the Louisville Orchestra
Composition Competition (2002), first prize in the CANTUS commissioning/residency program
(2002), recipient of the 2005 CCF Abelson Vocal Music Commission, and the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra’s “First Hearing” Program (2001). McFerron’s music can be heard on numerous
commercial CDs as well as on his website at