John Ferguson Musical Director


John Ferguson was born in London. He studied at Dartington College of Arts and Exeter University, and later furthered his particular interests in early music, French Horn and conducting at the Huddersfield University School of Music.

Before coming to Australia in 1987, John taught brass extensively and was Director of Music at Richmond School in Yorkshire. He also worked as a Musical Director for theatres, brass bands, choirs, and Television South West (TSW), and worked as an arranger and conductor for the North Yorkshire Schools Concert Band and the Northern Area Schools Symphonic Wind, as well as for record companies and for the media, including work with Thames Television.

As a conductor, John studied with Dr Roy Truby in the UK, and with Robert Rosen and Barry Bignell at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. In 1988 he conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra strings as part of the MSO in residence programme in North East Victoria. Since coming to Melbourne, John has been the conductor for various organisations including the Caulfield City Choir, the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria, and in 1998 was appointed Associate Conductor for the VCA Opera School. In 1994 John formed the Pro-Musica of Melbourne chamber orchestra which presents some three concerts a year with notable soloists. In 1996 he was appointed conductor for Melbourne City Opera, and in this capacity conducted Carmen, and The Maria Callas Story in 1997, and Puccini's La Bohème (with Pro-Musica) in 1998.

John is regularly invited to adjudicate festivals and eisteddfods, and he is an AMEB examiner for Brass. His engagements as a French Horn player have included playing for the Russian State Ballet's Australian tour and for the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He also plays regularly with a professional wind quintet. He was appointed to his present position, Director of Music at Scotch College, in 1991.

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