Hymn Festival with Dr. John A. Ferguson

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August 02, 2019
We Sing the Year Round
Hymn Festival
Organ Dedication  
Sunday, September 22, 4:00 pm                                                                       First Lutheran Church - Galesburg, IL 61401
Internationally acclaimed organist, composer, conductor Dr. John A. Ferguson; Elliot & Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ & Church Music Emeritus, St. Olaf College, will lead     "We Sing the Year Round" Hymn Festival at First Lutheran Church, 364 E. Water St. in Galesburg on Sunday, September 22 at 4:00 PM.

The Hymn Festival, written and led by Dr. Ferguson, is in celebration of the church’s new Allen organ.            A free will offering toward organ scholarships will be accepted.     

John Ferguson retired June 2012 after serving 29 years as Elliot and Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ and Church Music and Cantor to the Student Congregation at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. His responsibilities included directing the church music-organ program, teaching organ and conducting the St. Olaf Cantorei. During his tenure at St. Olaf he oversaw three major capital projects: the renovation of space adjacent to the music building into an organ recital hall housing a new Dobson organ (3/42); the complete renovation, acoustical upgrade and installation of a new Holtkamp organ (3/89) for Boe Memorial Chapel; and a new suite of rooms housing the school’s seven practice organs.  During his tenure the organ department at the college defied national trends by growing in enrollment and in quality.
In retirement he continues his travels to design and lead hymn festivals for which he is internationally known as well as composing and arranging, adding to the many publications already in print. Drawing upon his 59 years experience as a church musician, especially his work at the Kent, Ohio United Church of Christ (15 years while on the faculty of Kent State University) and Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota (5 years full time), he is at work on his fourth book exploring his philosophy of the vocation of the church musician. In his spare time he enjoys caring for and driving his collection of classic vehicles including five historic military vehicles and three classic muscle cars. 
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
  • Raabe Prize for distinctive musical composition
  • Faithful Servant Award
The Minnesota American Choral Directors Association
  • F. Melius Christiansen award for distinguished service to the choral art St. Olaf
  • St. Olaf chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
American Guild of Organists Endowment Fund 
  • 2018 Distinguished Artist of the year

Everyone is invited to celebrate the addition of this magnificent instrument to First Lutheran Church.  
There will be a choir for the hymn festival. You are welcome to sign up & bring friends if you are available for a Saturday morning rehearsal and a Sunday afternoon warm-up that weekend.              
    Contact Beverly Whiteside, music@galesburgfirstlutheran.org for more details and music.
Come to sing or simply listen as Dr. Ferguson leads this extraordinary musical event.
For more information, call (309) 343-3176.
First Lutheran Church, Communications Coordinator
(309) 343-3176