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Ferguson, Colleen

Colleen FergusonAssistant Professor

Applied Violin and Viola


Contact Information

217 Cogswell


Courses Taught

Applied Violin

Applied Viola

Symphony Orchestra

Music Theory

Class Strings


DMA, University of Iowa

MM, University of Iowa

MM, University of Texas

BM, University of Texas


Colleen Ferguson is an active performer and teacher of both violin and viola. She holds both a bachelor’s (2002) and a master’s (2004) degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was also a faculty member of the UT Austin String Project. Subsequently, Ferguson earned both an MM (2012) and DMA (2015) in Violin Performance from the University of Iowa. An enthusiastic teacher of students of all ages, Ferguson taught general music and orchestra in the El Paso, Texas, public schools, served as the graduate teaching assistant in Violin for five years at the University of Iowa, taught at the West Music Conservatory in Coralville, Iowa, and built a diverse studio of violin and viola students at Eastern Kentucky University, where she also directed the university’s string chamber orchestra.

She has played professionally as a member of several orchestras, including the El Paso Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony, Ottumwa Symphony, and Orchestra Iowa and has played with Mannheim Steamroller and the Transiberian Orchestra. Ferguson has been an active participant at several international music festivals throughout Europe, including festivals in Germany, Italy, Spain, and Russia. She is frequently featured as a guest artist/lecturer/master teacher at schools throughout the country, including the University of Minnesota at Morris, Cornell College, the University of Texas at El Paso, the Loma Linda Academy, and Florida Southern College.

She enjoys sharing her knowledge with others and has presented several educational sessions across the United States at national conferences, including the annual American String Teachers Association National Conferences, the National Association for Music Education Annual Conferences, and the Biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference. In addition to performing and teaching strings, Ferguson has a keen interest in the works of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Her critical performance edition of Stanford’s Fourth String Quartet was used in a commercial recording project of Stanford’s complete string quartets. This album will be available beginning September 2018.