Washington National Cathedral and the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM) are pleased to announce the appointment of George Fergus as the recipient of the 2016-17 AAM Gerre Hancock Organ Fellowship.
In this year-long position, Fergus will serve as the Cathedral’s second organist, assist in the education of boy and girl choristers and act as the primary liaison for the Cathedral’s Visiting Choirs program.
The 12-month fellowship, starting in August 2016, was established to create full-time mentoring opportunities for extraordinary young church musicians who demonstrate a strong interest in the music, liturgy and worship of the Episcopal Church. The fellowship provides practical experience through intense and intentionally formative, full-time internships.
During his fellowship, Fergus will work alongside Cathedral Organist Benjamin Straley and Canon Michael McCarthy, the Cathedral’s director of music.
“George is a gifted young organist and we are thrilled to have him working alongside us over the next year as we strive to make the Cathedral not just a house of prayer for all people, but also a showcase for the arts and sacred music for all people,” McCarthy said.
Fergus, 24, comes to the Cathedral as a recent graduate of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. During his studies, he served as Organ Scholar at Grace Church, New York City, and Organist and Choirmaster at Berkeley Divinity School.