B.A., Music - Double Bass Performance, North Carolina School of the Arts
Additional Double Bass Study at Symphony School of America with Craig Rifle and John Plucker
Viola da gamba Study with Brent Wissick and Martha Bishop
MUS 50, 55, Applied Music (Non-Credit)
MUS 155, 255, 256, 355, Applied Music (Credit)
Charlotte Symphony double bassist Jeff Ferdon began his studies with Donald Hergert and Ole Nelson in his hometown of Duluth, MN. He also studied with Craig Rifle and John Plucker while a student at the Symphony School of America. As a finalist in the Minnesota Orchestra's Young Artist's Competition, he was awarded a scholarship position at the North Carolina School of the Arts for studies with Lynn Peters. He was a recipient of the school's Vittorio Giannini Prize and graduated with a B.M. in Double Bass Performance in 1984. While a student at NCSA he was a bassist with the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed with the North Carolina and Charleston Symphonies.
Since joining the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in 1985 Jeff has remained active throughout the region as a chamber musician and soloist as well as being a private teacher, Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra coach, and adjunct instructor of double bass at Davidson College. He has appeared as a soloist with the Davidson College Orchestra and, on several occasions, with the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra. Jeff also has a great love for music of the Renaissance and Baroque and has studied viola da gamba with Martha Bishop and Brent Wissick. He plays viola da gamba and Baroque double bass as a member of Ensemble Vita Nova and has appeared with other early music ensembles including Wild Rose, Blue Castello and Carolina Pro Musica.