Amy Ferguson directing the boys choir from the organ at St. Paul's United Church in Nelson

The Amy Ferguson Institute is a nonprofit organization that supports, produces and markets vocal arts in the West Kootenays.

The Amy  Ferguson Institute (AFI) was founded in 2000 to celebrate the musical legacy of Dr. Amy Ferguson, a much loved music teacher and mentor best remembered for the Nelson Boys Choir which she founded in 1930 and directed until her death in 1972.

Nelson Boys Choir, 1963

Amy Ferguson trained over 800 boys as well as many girls to sing and to love fine music during her 42 years in Nelson, British Columbia.  Several of Amy Ferguson’s former music students went on to become highly regarded professional singers and musicians in Canada and abroad.

 Since 2000, AFI has sought to celebrate her legacy by organizing festivals, workshops and master classes in Nelson focusing primarily on the vocal arts. AFI frequently facilitates collaborative vocal productions and events bringing together the musical resources of several organizations. From 2001 to 2004 the newly formed Amy Ferguson Institute mounted Nelson Summer Songfest, a festival which attracted renouned singers and clinicians to Nelson for two weeks of masterclasses, choral workshops and performances.

AFI also sponsored annual Advanced Voice Masterclasses from 2004 to 2007 under the world-class tutelage of Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrot.

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