Adjunct Music Instructor
Morrison Fine Arts Building
Charles Ferguson graduated from the Houston ISD after three years in Melbourne, Australia, and two years in Newark, Delaware. He earned a Bachelor of Music in 1966 and a Master of Music in 1971 from the University of Houston. Ferguson studied double bass with Len Mano and Keith Robinson and tuba with Bill Rose. These men were all members of the Houston Symphony. He also played professionally with the Joe Young Orchestra for seven years while attending college and teaching.
Ferguson taught band for thirteen years in Texas before moving to Marshall, Missouri, where he taught band and orchestra for twenty-two years. While in Marshall, Ferguson directed the Marshall Municipal Band for twenty-two years, played in the bass section of the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra for thirteen years and conducted the orchestra for thirteen years.
In 1984, Ferguson was awarded a Summer Music Fellowship at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He also taught for two summers at the Upper Midwest Orchestra Camp in Mankato, Wisconsin. Ferguson organized the Central Missouri Middle School String Orchestra Association Clinic in 1984 which continues to give Marshall students a chance to meet and perform with string students from area schools. He believes that musical opportunities available any where should be available every where.
Charles Ferguson served as Orchestra Vice-President of the Missouri Music Educators Association during the 1988-1990 term and as President of the Missouri Unit of the American String Teachers Association during the same time period. Ferguson was presented with the Missouri Unit-ASTA Teacher of the Year Award at the 1996 conference and he was recognized for his excellence in teaching at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy in July, 2000. He has had articles published in the "Missouri School Music Magazine" and "The American String Teacher". One of his articles, "Say Something To Me In Music" is about his teaching techniques for the beginning orchestra and band.
Ferguson returned to Texas in 2001 to teach three years in the College Station Independent School District. While there his Varsity orchestra earned First Division Awards, Sweepstakes and Outstanding Group of the Day at two non-UIL school music competitions in the Houston area. Charles retired from the Texas Public Schools in 2004 and returned to Marshall, Missouri, where he started teaching at Missouri Valley College.