Bob Ferguson began in the music profession as an independent studio instructor and freelance performer, and he remains active in both areas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music with distinction from Indiana University and his Master's Degree in Guitar Performance from the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington.
At the graduate level Bob studied with international recording and concert artist Ernesto Bitetti of Spain. His teachers have also included early music specialists Jeffrey Noonan and Thomas Binkley, Bolivian classical virtuoso Javier Calderon, and American recitalist Michael Lorimer. Bob studied jazz with West Coast guitarist Ted Greene and renowned jazz performer and educator David Baker.
In addition to his private studio activities, Bob was director of guitar studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne from 1985 to 1992 and, along with Laura Lydy, founded and directed the Young Guitarists Program at the Jacobs School. He has served as Artist-in-Residence at Weisser Park Arts Magnet School in Fort Wayne and guitar instructor for Taylor University and Grace College. He currently teaches for Trine University as well.
Bob is a member of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda and the Guitar Foundation of America. He supplements his teaching schedule with research and writing, broadcasting, arranging, composing, and performing. He arranges and plays jazz and dance band music around the Midwest with Dan Heath and the Paradise Band, and also performs as a soloist. His writings appear occasionally in Soundboard (Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America). At present he’s completing an extensive study of the career and music of 19th-century American guitarist Henry Worrall. His weekly radio program, Guitar Showcase, has been broadcast on Northeast Indiana Public Radio since 1985 and can be heard Monday evenings at 9:00 on WBOI, 89.1 FM.