John Ferguson

Ferguson earned a B.M. from Oberlin, an M.M. from Kent State University, and a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Russell Saunders. His responsibilities include directing the church music-organ program, teaching organ and conducting the St. Olaf Cantorei.  Ferguson came to St. Olaf in 1983 from Minneapolis where he served Central Lutheran Church as Music Director and Organist, an appointment accepted in 1978 after a 15-year tenure on the music faculty at Kent State University.  While at Kent State he also served as Organist-Choirmaster of the United Church of Christ, Kent, Ohio during which time he served as music editor for the United Church of Christ Hymnal, 1974.  He has spent summers as visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and was invited to spend sabbatical leave time as visiting professor at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
 
He is respected as a fine teacher and performer, and his skill as improviser and leader of congregational song has received national acclaim.  Each year he prepares and leads many festivals across the country both for local congregations and professional gatherings.  A Ferguson hymn festival is much more than an inspiring organ recital, according to Emily Brink, Past President of the Hymn Society, "He involves everyone present in a glorious community of sound.  Everyone gets to perform."
 
Dr. Ferguson is the author of numerous books and articles on church music and organ building.  His choral and organ music is published by Augsburg, Concordia, Galaxy, G.I.A., Hope, Kjos, Morning Star, Selah and Stainer and Bell.   In 2005 his composition, “Who Is This” for choir and viola was awarded the prestigious Raabe Prize for excellence in sacred composition.
 
Since joining the St. Olaf faculty, Ferguson's skills as choral conductor and creative arranger have become more widely known.  He brings a special combination of experience as choral singer (Oberlin College Choir under Robert Fountain), church musician (both part-time and full-time) and participant in the St. Olaf choral tradition to his workshops in conducting and repertoire for church choirs which are considered highlights at conventions of professional organizations.  He has been invited to design and present hymn festivals for national and regional conventions of both The American Guild of Organists and The American Choral Directors Association as well as many national gatherings of church musicians.  He has presented such events abroad as well both in Asia (Seoul, Korea) and Europe (in the National Cathedral of Norway, Nidaros Dom, Trondheim, as a part of the celebration of the millennium of the birth of St. Olaf).

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ChildrenSing in Worship, Volume 3

ChildrenSing in Worship, Volume 3

by Robert A. Benson (Arranger); Dorothy Christopherson (Arranger); John Ferguson (Arranger); Hal H. Hopson (Arranger); Aaron David Miller (Arranger); Anna Laura Page (Arranger); Marie Pooler (Arranger); Nancy Raabe (Arranger); Wayne L. Wold (Arranger)

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Monday, April 15, 2013

This item is part of ChildrenSing

This volume presents another excellent collection of music for singers aged 8 to 12 years. Written in a variety of styles, this collection of 11 songs includes both the... read more

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Augsburg Organ Library: Healing and Funeral

Augsburg Organ Library: Healing and Funeral

by Franklin D. Ashdown (Arranger); Jan Bender (Arranger); James Biery (Arranger); Marilyn Biery (Arranger); J. Bert Carlson (Arranger); David Cherwien (Arranger); David Christiansen (Arranger); Benjamin Culli (Arranger); Emma Lou Diemer (Arranger); Robert Buckley Farlee (Arranger); John Ferguson (Arranger); Raymond H. Haan (Arranger); Wilbur Held (Arranger); Robert A. Hobby (Arranger); J. Wayne Kerr (Arranger); Charles L. Lenz (Arranger); Robert Lind (Arranger); Paul Manz (Arranger); Aaron David Miller (Arranger); Henri Mulet (Arranger); Thomas Pavlechko (Arranger); Flor Peeters (Arranger); Lynn L. Petersen (Arranger); Robert J. Powell (Arranger); Jonathan Reuss (Arranger); David Evan Thomas (Arranger); Wayne L. Wold (Arranger)

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Monday, April 15, 2013

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Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

by John Ferguson (Arranger)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

An energetic and exciting setting of this delightful Swedish hymn tune. Written for SAB choir, this accessible work is sure to enrich any worship service.

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The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want

The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want

by John Ferguson (Arranger)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

An exuberant and creative setting of Psalm 23! Arranged for SATB a cappella choir and tambourine, this is fresh work is sure to enliven any worship service or concert.

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What is This Lovely Fragrance?

What is This Lovely Fragrance?

by John Ferguson (Composer)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A lovely arrangement of the traditional French carol. This anthem brings to life the calling of the shepherds to the manger, perfect for use on Christmas Eve or... read more

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Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices

Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices

by John Ferguson (Arranger)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A tremendous work appropriate for any worship service celebrating the wonder of God's creative power. This festive and celebratory hymn setting has been... read more

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Be Transformed

Be Transformed

by John Ferguson (Composer)

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

A stunningly beautiful reflection on Romans 12:1-2, this piece is perfect for general or concert use. SSATB, org

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Let the Whole Creation Cry

Let the Whole Creation Cry

by John Ferguson (Composer)

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

An exciting exhortation for all creation to praise the Lord! This elegant arrangement provides an accessible three-part arrangement that is perfect for the... read more

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Rise, O Church, like Christ Arisen

Rise, O Church, like Christ Arisen

by John Ferguson (Composer)

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

A triumphant end to any service of Holy Communion. Here is a celebratory setting of this anthem of sending with opportunity for the assembly to join that is sure to inspire faith and song alike!

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