Linda C. Ferguson
Professor of Music
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. From 1987-1991 she served as the Director of Freshman Seminars at Valpo. She has chaired NASM Region Five, served on NASM’s Board, and conducted NASM accreditation review 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 American Society for Aesthetics, Society for Values in Higher Education, National Association of Schools of Music, National Academic Chair's Conference, Association of General and Liberal Studies, and College Music Society, and at regional meetings of College Music Society and American Musicological Society. Her music criticism has appeared in The South Bend Tribune, The Notre Dame Observer, and 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. Beyond her work at Valpo, she enjoys animals, gardening, participation in a long-standing faculty study group, and travel with her husband, Ralph Klapis, of Valpo’s voice faculty.