Sean Ferguson was born in the remote Northern-Alberta community of Fort Vermilion. He has lived in Montreal since 1990, where he teaches composition at McGill University. He is Director of the McGill Digital Composition Studios and was Director for Artistic Research at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) from 2009 to 2011. In May 2011 he was named Dean of the Schulich School of Music. His music has been performed by ensembles including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), and Les Temps modernes de Lyon.