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 teaching, 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, Grace College, and Trine University.
Bob is also editor-in-chief of Soundboard, Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America, where his writings have appeared for the past dozen years. Soundboard has been the premier classical guitar print journal in the United States since 1974. Bob’s weekly radio program, Guitar Showcase, has aired on Northeast Indiana Public Radio since 1985 and can be heard Tuesday evenings at 10:00 on WBOI, 89.1 FM. He arranges and plays jazz and dance band music around the Midwest with Dan Heath and the Paradise Band and also performs as a classical soloist.
Ancillary to these activities, Bob is owner and curator of the Guitar in America Collection, an archive of approximately 2,500 guitar books and folios published in the US from the mid 1820s to the present day. Notable features of the collection are over 150 American guitar methods dating back to as early as 1828 and dozens of early jazz guitar imprints issued in the two decades leading up to World War II.