Charles Tompkins is recognized as one of America's most outstanding
organ teachers and concert organists. A member of the Furman faculty
since 1986, his students have gained admission to major graduate schools
in organ performance--including Yale University, Indiana University,
and Florida State University--and may be found in significant church and
A graduate of the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and
the University of Michigan, Tompkins performs each year at universities
and major churches throughout the United States. He has played recitals
at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Kennedy Center in Washington,
D.C., and the Piccolo Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, S.C.
Tompkins has also performed at national and regional conventions of the
American Guild of Organists, Association of Anglican Musicians, Music
Teachers National Association, and the College Music Society. His
performances have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media's
PIPEDREAMS radio program.
An active church musician throughout his career, Tompkins has been
organist of Greenville's historic First Baptist Church since 1997, where
he presides over the largest organ in South Carolina, an 86-rank
instrument by Casavant. He has served as consultant for a number of
outstanding organs, including Furman's magnificent Hartness Organ, a
42-stop instrument by C.B. Fisk Organbuilders.