Mark earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Cal State Northridge, where he majored in music composition and piano, studying composition with Aurelio De La Vega (a student of Arnold Schoenberg) and Daniel Kessner as well as conducting with Lawrence Christianson. Mark also studied film composition with Don Ray, the Music Coordinator for CBS, at UCLA.
After studying and teaching music for four years in Paris, France, Mark came to Wilton, NH (doesn’t everyone?) in 1997 where, besides teaching piano and French (he holds a Master's Degree in French from Middlebury College), he taught a variety of music classes and started a chamber music program and chamber orchestra at High Mowing School. He currently teaches piano privately in Wilton, NH and at the Keene Community Music Center in Keene, NH.
In 2005, Mark founded The Sinfonietta. He has arranged many of the pieces performed by The Sinfonietta; in February 2011, he premiered his Romanze for piano and orchestra and in May of that same year, two more compositions, Caravan and A Walk in the Clouds had their world premiere. In December 2012 his No Quiero Practicar for chorus, piano and orchestra was premiered to great enthusiasm. His symphonic work, Tango 101, was premiered by the Keene Chamber Orchestra in May 2008.
Mark continues to compose and performs regularly as a soloist, in chamber music groups in the Southern New Hampshire area, and with The Sinfonietta.
Mark Ferguson has taught piano for over 35 years. He began seriously studying piano at age 8. His teachers have included Peter Yazbek (President of American Music Teacher’s Guild and Head of Piano at UCSB); Françoise Regnat (Head of Piano at CSUN) in California; Mark Alain, Conservatoire de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, France; and Eric Stumacher (Director of the Keene Chamber Orchestra and Founding Artistic Director of Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music) in Nelson, NH.