Colleen Ferguson

  • Lecturer
  • D.M.A., Violin Performance, University of Iowa
  • M.M., Violin Performance, University of Iowa
  • M.M., Music Education, University of Texas, Austin
  • B.M., Music Education, University of Texas, Austin


Contact Information

  • Department: Music
  • Office: Foster 216
  • Mailing Address: Foster 101
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859-622-7455
  • Expert Areas: Violin


Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. Ferguson taught general music and orchestra in the El Paso, TX public schools, served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant in Violin for 5 years at the University of Iowa, and built a diverse studio of violin and viola students at the West Music Conservatory in Coralville, Iowa. She has also 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. She 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 with appearances at regional universities and colleges including the University of Minnesota at Morris, Cornell College, and Florida Southern College. Dr. Ferguson 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. Currently, Dr. Ferguson is Lecturer of Violin and Viola at Eastern Kentucky University where she maintains a robust studio of students and directs the chamber orchestra. Dr. Ferguson has a keen interest in the works of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Her dissertation focused on the creation of a critical performance edition of Stanford’s Fourth String Quartet. This edition is scheduled to be published through the Stanford Society and will be used in a commercial recording project of Stanford’s string quartets in 2017.