Linda C. Ferguson

Linda C. Ferguson, Professor of Music at Valparaiso University, holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music History and Literature from University of Missouri-Kansas City. She served as Chair of the Department of Music at Valparaiso from 1994-2009, and previously was Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has chaired NASM Region Five, served on NASM’s Board, and conducted NASM site visits. Formerly she taught in the Program of Liberal Studies (the "Great Books Program") at University of Notre Dame. She studied electronic music at Dartmouth College and the oral literature of Native Americans at the D'Arcy McNickle Center of the Newberry Library, both on NEH grants.

Her publications include articles and essays in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, American Music Teacher, The Cimarron Review, The Yearbook for Interdisciplinary Studies, The Department Chair, The College Music Society Newsletter and American National Biography. She has presented papers at the national meetings of College Music Society, American Society for Aesthetics, Society for Values in Higher Education, National Association of Schools of Music, National Academic Chair's Conference, and Association of General and Liberal Studies, and at regional meetings of American Musicological Society. Her music criticism has appeared in The South Bend Tribune, The Notre Dame Observer, The Cresset.  She is especially interested in the history of music in America, the impact of modern technology on musical composition, the history of musical aesthetics, and the relationships between vernacular and classical musics.