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Rick Ferguson

Rick Ferguson

An active chamber musician and avid recital partner, Rick Ferguson was selected to be a senior fellow for the Chicago Chamber Musicians and has performed chamber music, solo, and concerto repertoire in the US and Europe. He maintains an active life as teacher, composer, and arts advocate as co-founder and artistic director of The Musical Offering in Evanston, Illinois, and formerly as classical piano instructor at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. On the composition side, Concerto Grosso on Dystopian Themes for youth orchestra is a commissioned work through Foundation 65 in Evanston, Illinois, which was premiered in May 2018. Additional pieces in the works are Equity Suite for concert band (premiered in the 2019), Prelude, Toccata and Fugue for piano and percussion ensemble and "Hodie, Chrustus Natus Est" for youth chorus, piano and percussion (to be premiered in December 2019). Mr. Ferguson is a strong advocate of STEAM-based education in our public schools and is currently writing two operas with 4th and 5th grade students in Evanston, IL based on Greek Tragedy storytelling traditions.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Piano
  • Rudiments
  • History
  • Analysis
  • Composition
  • Theory

Spoken languages

  • English

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Beginner/Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • Music school
  • Online
  • Teacher's studio


  • 1985 - MM - University of Houston
  • 1983 - BM-summa cum laude - Birmingham-Southern College

Professional development

  • Collaborative Piano - Intensive post-graduate work on instrumental and vocal chamber music at Northwestern University - 1992
  • Senior Fellowship Chicago Chamber Musicians - 4-year fellowship, teaching and performing with core artists - 1999