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If you are eager for a challenge and want to be inspired, then Furman is your place. Our faculty members are unwavering in their dedication to cultivate talent, build professional musicians and engender musical enthusiasts.

With more than 40 instructors, our department includes internationally renowned performers, two members of the South Carolina Band Directors Hall of Fame, a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an impressive assortment of distinguished scholars. Together, these artists bring diverse musical backgrounds to our campus and our students.

But what really distinguishes our faculty is a passion for teaching. Whether leading a classroom or ensemble, our professors are dedicated to the learning and training experience of our students. They are committed to their roles as teachers, advisors, mentors and friends. And with a student-to-faculty ratio of four to one, you'll be able to work closely with these world-class musicians and teachers.

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Collaborative Piano

Marvin Blickenstaff - Piano, Distinguished Visiting Faculty
David Gross- Coordinator
Vivian Hamilton - Chorales Conductor, Collaborative Pianist
Eduardus Halim - Piano, Distinguished Visiting Faculty
Carolyn Carrier-McClimon - Collaborative Piano, Theory
Jessica Moseley - Theory Keyboard, Collaborative Pianist
Dewitt Tipton - Collaborative Pianist

Composition

Jay Bocook- Director of Athletic Bands
Mark Frode Kilstofte- Composition & Theory
Daniel Koppelman- Composition & Theory, Technology
Matthew Olson- Saxophone, Jazz Studies

Ensemble Conductors

Jay Bocook- Director of Athletic Bands
Hugh Ferguson Floyd- Director of Choral Activities, Voice
Vivian Hamilton- Chorales Conductor, Collaborative Pianist
Leslie W. Hicken- Director of Bands, Music Education
Thomas W. Joiner- Coordinator of Orchestral Activities, Violin
Matthew Olson- Saxophone, Jazz Studies
Edvard Tchivzhel - Conducting, Distinguished Visiting Faculty
William Thomas- Chamber Choir Conductor, Voice

Introduction to Music

Phil Elkins- Trumpet, Music Appreciation
Kathryn Rhyne- Music Appreciation
Paula Riddle- Horn, Music Appreciation
Dewitt Tipton- Collaborative Pianist
Steven Walter- Classical Guitar, Music History
Steve Watson- Jazz Guitar

Jazz

Ian Bracchitta- Jazz Bass
Keith Davis- Jazz Piano
Matthew Olson- Saxophone, Jazz Studies
Steve Watson- Jazz Guitar
Justin Watt- Drumset

Keyboard

Keith Davis- Jazz Piano
Karen A. Eshelman- Theory
David Gross- Piano
Daniel Koppelman- Composition & Theory, Technology
Ruby Norris Morgan- Piano
Ruth Neville- Piano, Music Theory
Derek Parsons- Piano
Charles Tompkins- Organ

Music Education

Kathy H. Cochran- Music Education (choral/elementary)
Leslie W. Hicken- Director of Bands, Music Education (band)
Anna Barbrey Joiner- Viola, Music Education (orchestra)

Music Library

Patricia Sasser- Music Librarian

Musicology, World Music

John S. Beckford- World Music
Omar Carmenates- Percussion, World Music
Jenny Colvin- Music Librarian
Christopher Hutton- Violoncello, Music History
Gary Malvern- Trumpet, Music History
Laura E. Kennedy- Musicology
Steven Walter- Classical Guitar, Music History

Strings

Anita Burroughs-Price- Harp
Timothy Easter- Double Bass
Christopher Hutton- Violoncello, Music History
Deirdre Hutton- Violin
Anna Barbrey Joiner- Viola, Music Education
Thomas W. Joiner- Coordinator of Orchestral Activities, Violin
William Preucil - Violin, Distinguished Visiting Faculty
Steven Walter- Classical Guitar, Music History
Steve Watson- Jazz Guitar

Technology

Daniel Koppelman- Composition & Theory, Technology

Theory

Karen A. Eshelman- Theory
Mark Frode Kilstofte- Composition & Theory
Daniel Koppelman- Composition & Theory, Technology
Carolyn Carrier McClimon- Theory, Collaborative Pianist
Michael McClimon- Theory
Ruth Neville- Piano, Theory Keyboard
Matthew Olson- Saxophone, Jazz Studies
Derek Parsons- Piano
Dewitt Tipton- Collaborative Pianist
Charles Tompkins- Organ

Voice

Lisa Browne Barksdale- Voice
Hugh Ferguson Floyd- Director of Choral Activities, Voice
Vivian Hamilton- Chorales Conductor, Collaborative Pianist
Grant Knox- Director of Lyric Theatre, Voice
Tamara Matthews- Voice
Bruce Schoonmaker- Voice
Gail Graham Schoonmaker- Voice
William Thomas- Chamber Choir Conductor, Voice

Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion

Jay Bocook- Director of Athletic Bands
Mark E. Britt- Department Chair, Trombone
Omar Carmenates- Percussion, World Music
Robert Chesebro- Clarinet
Phil Elkins- Trumpet, Music Appreciation
Leslie W. Hicken - Director of Bands, Music Education
Cynthia Hopkins- Flute
Gary Malvern- Trumpet, Music History
Matthew Olson- Saxophone, Jazz Studies
Paula Riddle- Horn, Music Appreciation
Michael Taylor- Tuba, Euphonium
Petrea Warneck- Oboe, Music Appreciation
Justin Watt- Drum Set
Stephen K. Wilson- Trombone
Amy Yang- Bassoon

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