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Cheryl Ferguson, 2016 —

cheryl-ferguson-TEDx2016Cheryl Ferguson is a music educator with twenty years of experience in the field. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance (French horn) and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND).  She has also done graduate work at Southern Oregon University, and has earned a Master in Curriculum Studies (Music Education) at Acadia University (Nova Scotia). Cheryl has taught music at every level, including K-6 classroom, nine years running junior high band programs, and has been in her current position as Director of Bands at Fort Richmond Collegiate since 2006. She is active as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor, including conducting the 2010 Manitoba Junior Provincial Honour Band, many regional honour Bands, and adjudicating frequently in Manitoba, North Dakota and Saskatchewan. In 2013, Cheryl received the Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction recognizing an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to music education in Manitoba, and in 2014 she received the I. Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director Award, national recognition given to one band director in Canada per year. She serves on many committees, including: The Manitoba Band Association, The Manitoba Optimist Festival Committee, and The Manitoba Provincial Honour Band Committee. Cheryl is married to Darryl Ferguson,also a band director, and they live in Winnipeg with their two sons, Sam (10) and Nate (8).