Gerald I. Ferguson
1924 - 2010
Gerald Ferguson, a tenor, taught voice and conducted choirs in four Seventh-day Adventist colleges during his career. When he graduated from Walla Walla College, now University, in 1948, he stayed to teach for two years, assisting Clarence Dortch during the rapid expansion in the music program that occurred after World War II.
In 1950 he accepted a position at Canadian Union College, now Canadian University College, in Alberta, Canada. He subsequently taught at Pacific Union College for five years, directed the vocal/choral program at Andrews University for nine years, and taught voice and conducted a choir at WWC for ten years.
Ferguson earned a master's degree and Professional Diploma at Columbia University and took additional study at the University of Washington and the University of Arizona. A tenor soloist who concertized extensively on the East and West coasts, he studied with noted voice teachers Douglas Stanley, Joseph Klein, and Igor Gorin. He was living in College Place, Washington, at the time of his death at age 86.
Biographical information on file at Walla Walla University, 1976; Dan Shultz, A Great Tradition, Music at Walla Walla College, 1892-1992, 96, 166; Social Security Death Index; Personal Knowledge.