Kurt Ferguson was born and raised in South Hempstead, NY, a suburb of New York City. A graduate of South Side High School in 2005, Kurt went on to the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester to study Trombone and Euphonium Performance, as well as Music Education. He received a Bachelor's Degree of Music from the Eastman School of Music with a double major in Trombone and Euphonium Performance, a Performer's Certificate, and a certificate from the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program. From 2009 to 2012, Kurt lived in Houston, Texas, where he earned a Master of Music Degree with a concentration in Trombone Performance from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Kurt's major teachers have included; Mark Lawrence, Mark Kellogg, Allen Barnhill, and John Marcellus.
Kurt has been teaching music at all levels since he was in middle school and began teaching private lessons to elementary school cellists. He is currently assisting with the Jumpstart program - a new initiative pioneered by the Colburn School of Music. This program provides a beginning band program free of charge to inner city middle school students who would otherwise not have access to a musical education. Kurt has given interactive performances for Music for Autism and the The Broad Stage's Education and Outreach Program. Both of these organizations are tasked with bringing classical music to young audiences in a way that makes it accessible, safe, and entertaining.
Currently Kurt is the Resident Director for the Music Academy of the West at the Cate School in Santa Barbara, CA. Kurt has just begun a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.