P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Kinga Skretkowicz Ferguson, 2001

Executive Director, Ars Lyrica Houston

Kinga Skretkowicz Ferguson is an immigrant from Poland

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Voice at Indiana University Bloomington

KINGA SKRETKOWICZ FERGUSON is the Executive Director at Ars Lyrica Houston. She was born in Poland.

Kinga received an MA in English at the University of Lodz and an MBA at the University of Lyon before moving to Bloomington, Indiana, where she completed a master's of music and a performer's diploma in voice at Indiana University School of Music.

Kinga has studied voice and piano most of her life, attending the Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland, and singing with an award winning vocal ensemble Con Vigore that traveled in Europe and Latin America.

As a student, Kinga sang the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Nicoletta in Love for Three Oranges, and performed in chamber music concerts. Kinga has been a recipient of the Kosciuszko Foundation scholarship, the National Society for Arts and Letters N. Rossi-Lemeni Award, and has won the Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Competition.

In 2003 Kinga was selected for a Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist Program where she performed in Agrippina by Handel. She was reinvited to join the Chicago Opera Theater for their 2004 season operas: Death in Venice by Britten and Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims, in which she sang the leading role. In the summer of 2005, she was invited to participate in the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and was selected to sing the prestigious Meistersinger Competition. She also performed the leading role of Marie in Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment" with the New York Opera Company in the Highlands. Kinga has been the executive director of Ars Lyrica Houston, "the leader among Houston's early music ensembles" (Houston Chronicle), since 2007.

Kinga lives in Houston, TX, with her husband.

  • MFA Voice | Indiana University Bloomington 2006
Work History
  • Ars Lyrica Houston, Executive Director
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