Mrs. Kathy Ferguson
Mrs. Kathy Ferguson is a native of Freeman, South Dakota, and is in her 33rd year of teaching vocal music. She serves as the Head Choral Director at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she works with the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Sotto Voce, and Cantare.
Mrs. Ferguson received her B.A. in Music Education from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. She spent her first year teaching K-12 vocal music in Ellendale, Minnesota. Following that year, she joined the Sioux Falls School District and began teaching at Cleveland Elementary. After spending several years at the elementary level, Mrs. Ferguson transitioned to Lincoln High School as assistant vocal director and taught there for twelve years until 2003. During that time, she served as accompanist for various festivals, South Dakota Honor Choirs, and South Dakota All-State Chorus. She has served as the choir director for children and adult church choirs and for several years maintained a private studio teaching piano. She is an active member of SD-ACDA and SDMEA. Mrs. Ferguson took some time away from teaching and served as worship director in music ministry at Church at the Gate, Sioux Falls, for several years. She had the opportunity to return to teaching at LHS in 2009.
Mrs. Ferguson loves spending time with her family and granddaughter. She also enjoys cooking, baking, walking, and traveling.
Mr. Jacob Noordermeer
Mr. Jacob Noordermeer is originally from Sioux Falls, SD and is in his third year teaching vocal music. He serves as the Assistant Choir Director at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he works with the Cadet Choir, Cliff Avenue Singers, Bel Canto, and Canto Fratelli. He also co-directs both vocal jazz groups with Mrs. Ferguson, and teaches a beginning guitar class.
Mr. Noordermeer earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In recent years, he has sung in the St. Olaf Choir, Magnum Chorum, Transept, and the SD Symphony Chorus. Jacob also has professional experience in arts management and marketing and has served as a church choir director. He serves on the Board for the SD chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as Membership Relations Coordinator. Mr. Noordermeer is extremely happy to be back in Sioux Falls to teach in the district that fostered his love for music.
Outside of school, Mr. Noordermeer enjoys reading mystery novels, doing the daily crossword puzzle, running or biking outdoors, and testing out new dinner recipes.