Celebrating The Ministry of Dr. Sparkman Ferguson

We acknowledge and celebrate the Music Ministry of Dr. Sparkman Ferguson who has served as a church musician for the past fifty years, thirty of them as “Titular” or principal organist here at Christ Church.

Dr. Ferguson’s ministry as a church musician began at the age of ten he started playing for Sunday School at Bethel Baptist Church, subsequently being made junior organist of that historic Baptist Church.

While attending university Dr. Ferguson served as organist at Florida Memorial College where he played for college assemblies, graduations and other special occasion. During the same period he served as organist and choir master at Memorial Temple Baptist Church.

After post graduate studies in Dental Surgery, Dr. Ferguson returned to The Bahamas and resumed his music ministry at Bethel Baptist Church.

In 1986, at the invitation of Rev’d Dr. Frederick Fleischer, Dr. Ferguson joined the Music Ministry of Christ Church Cathedral, serving as an assistant organist. Five years later he was appointed Minister of Music by Dean Foster Pestaina and named Titular Organist by the late Bishop Michael Eldon. During this time he formed the Cathedral Brass Ensemble, accompanied The Cathedral Chorale and taught the art of organ playing to several of our Cathedral organists.

Dr. Ferguson continues to serve as the Cathedral’s Principal organist, plays the Trombone in the Brass Ensemble, lends his expertise in teaching the art of playing the organ to others in the community and has performed, since the year 2000, in a recital for solo organ.

We congratulate Dr. Ferguson for continuing to offer his God given gifts in the service of his creator and to the edification of his church and, to us his people.

Epiphany Organ Recital

For the 18th consecutive year Cathedral’s Titular Organist, Dr. Sparkman Ferguson will present an Epiphany recital for solo organ. In each of the past years, he presented a brand new recital each time. Among the major works this time will be an organ suite written by  the English writer John Stanley, Tocatta in F by J.S. Bach, and Piece Heroique written by the great, French writer, Cesar Franck. A few familiar hymns and songs will be presented also to flesh out the program. The 70-minute recital will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday , January 26th here in The Cathedral. There is no admission fee, so invite a friend or family member to come along.

Facebook Group Page

The Music department encourages you to visit our Facebook Group page. There you will see photos taken at the Cathedral, see our music service schedule and get a better idea of our Cathedral Music program as it develops. If you are a member of Facebook please join. Look for Christ Church Cathedral Music Department - and join our group, or click the link below.

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