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Brook Ferguson

Brook Ferguson

Flute

Faculty Associate

Contact Information

Office Hours: By appointment
IconEmail: brook.ferguson@usu.edu

Biography

Hailed by the Washington Post as “brilliantly virtuosic,” flutist Brook Ferguson is a versatile solo
and orchestral artist as well as a sought after teacher. The Miami Herald praised Ferguson’s
performance of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute with the New World Symphony as “soaring,
fraught with emotion, possessing sterling technique with pure tone, showing herself fully in
synch with Nielsen’s enigmatic world, putting across the playfulness, passing shadows and
sheer strangeness of this music with strong impact.”

First prize winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, Ferguson has
performed as a concerto soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the New World Symphony, the
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared at
the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center—
as both an orchestral fellow and New Fromm Player.

A dedicated teacher, Ferguson encourages her students to cultivate strong and imaginative
interpretations, guides them toward a deeper understanding of self-reliant problem solving,
provides tools and insight to develop technical and tonal mastery and helps her students
develop physical and mental self-awareness. Currently, Ferguson is the Professor of Flute at
Utah State University and founded the Bel Canto Flute Academy in Denver- hosting community
performance events for flutists of all ages and abilities: http://www.belcantoflutes.com. Brook
has given master classes and solo performances at Carnegie Mellon University, Peabody
Conservatory, CU Boulder, the Aspen Music Festival, the New World Symphony and many
more.

Ferguson was appointed Principal Flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and has
been Principal Flutist of the ground breaking River Oaks Chamber Orchestra since 2012.
Previously, she completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, where she
had the privilege of working with Michael Tilson Thomas and many other great musicians and
conductors. She has made Principal appearances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra,
Aspen Chamber Symphony and Festival Orchestra, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the Seattle
Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment with the New
World Symphony, Ferguson was the Acting Principal Flutist of the Knoxville Symphony and the
Principal Flutist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Ferguson is a William S. Haynes
Company Artist.

In 2013, Ferguson was a featured soloist on Jacques Ibert’s Concerto for Flute with the
Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Douglas Boyd. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she
performed Michael Gandolfi’s Geppetto’s Workshop multiple times in Jordan Hall at the
composer’s invitation and gave the Tanglewood premiere of his Three Pieces for Solo Flute. Her
performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
was commercially released on Yarlung Records and her live performance of David Amram’s
Red River Valley Variations is available on the Newport Classic LTD label. Other notable solo
and concerto performances were at the National Flute Convention of Japan and at festivals in
China, Russia, Chile, Brasil, Ecuador and Qatar.

Ferguson received her Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Jeanne
Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza and her Bachelor of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma
from the Peabody Conservatory studying with the Marina Piccinini. Other important teachers
and influences are Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Paula Robison and Michael Tilson Thomas.