In September of 2014 Grace Church in New York and the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music are excited to enter into a new collaboration for the annual Organ Scholar appointment at Grace Church in New York. This appointment will be made for one academic season with the provision that it may be renewed for a second season. The internship will provide an exceptional opportunity for a graduate student at the Institute of Sacred Music to participate in the life of the parish on a weekly basis during the academic year and a more in depth daily experience for the summer term that follows. As part of an intensive, on-site learning experience, the intern will share in service playing and choral conducting responsibilities while at the same time learning about all aspects of the musical life of the Grace Church community.
The 2014-2015 Organ Scholar at Grace Church is George Fergus.
George Fergus, a native of Fort Worth, TX, is a candidate for the Master of Music degree at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where he is a student of Martin Jean. He holds a B.M. in organ performance with departmental distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he studied organ with John Ferguson and Catherine Rodland, and conducting with Steven Amundson. George has given organ recent recitals in Northfield and St. Paul. As a conductor, credits include Britten’s “Albert Herring”, Bernstein’s “Candide”, and Mozart’s Requiem, among others. Before his appointment as the Organ Scholar at Grace, George served as the Organ Scholar at the Church of St. Louis King of France, in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.