January 22-23, 2015

CMC App 2015.pdfPrint a Registration Form.pdf
CMCBro2015_web.pdfCMC Brochure 2015.pdf

Guest Clinicians

DANIEL BARA, Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music of the University of Georgia. Dr. Bara oversees seven university choral ensembles and the graduate choral conducting program; in addition to the many regional and national awards and honors earned by his choirs, in May 2014, under his direction, the UGA Hodgson Singers won the Grand Prix at the International Choral Competition Ave Verum in Baden, Austria. Dr. Bara is in regular demand as a guest conductor and clinician, having conducted all-state and honor choirs in 15 states and Carnegie Hall, and served as clinician for conferences sponsored by ACDA, AGO, and other school and church musical organizations.

MARY LOUISE (MEL) BRINGLE, is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and coordinator of the Integrated Studies major at Brevard College.  The recipient of a generous grant from the Louisville Institute, Dr. Bringle is currently writing a book on Envy, one of the seven deadly sins.  She is recognized as one of the finest hymn text writers of our time and her works are included in two single-author collections and in hymnals and supplements of numerous denominations in North America and Scotland.  She recently served as President of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and as chair of the committee charged with creating a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church USA ("Glory to God" 2013). 

DAVID HIGGS, one of America’s leading concert organists and Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, will be featured in a Thursday evening recital continuing the 10th anniversary celebration of Furman’s C.B. Fisk organ.

Conference Schedule

12:15-1pm, Arrive and pick up packet
1-5:30pm, Conference sessions
Dinner on your own
8pm David Higgs, organist, in recital, Daniel Memorial Chapel 

9am - Noon, conference sessions continue
Noon Friday, conference luncheon (must register by Jan. 16)
1:30-3:00pm, Conference sessions continue
3:30-4:30pm, Closing session, Conference concludes

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  Church Music Conference
  Furman Music Department
  3300 Poinsett Hwy
  Greenville, SC  29613
  • $70  Early Bird Registration
    Cost if registration is received on or prior to January 16.  Fee includes a ticket to Thursday night's organ recital by David Higgs, two days of conference sessions, the Friday conference luncheon and a packet of conference music. Please note, no discount is offered for single day attendance.
  • $90 January Registration
    Cost if registration is received after January 16 and space remains in the conference. Music packets may not be available if you wait and register the week of the event.  Fee includes a ticket to Thursday night's organ recital, two days of conference sessions, the Friday conference luncheon and a packet of conference music if available. Please note, no discount is offered for single day attendance.
  • $35  Full-time college students (non-Furman)

Thomson Lectures in Church Music

The lecture series was established by an endowment gift from the Thomson Foundations as a memorial to Waddy Randolph Thomson and Pauline Blackwell Thomson.  These lectures are the featured events at the annual Church Music Conference at Furman University,  Each year distinguished musicians of national prominence deliver the lectures on subjects related to the study and practice of church music.  This endowment enables Furman to offer the annual conference at such a modest price.

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Have a question about registration or this event? Contact the Furman music office at 864.294.2086 or email See a list of hotels offering a Furman event discount.

Conference Hosts

  • Charles Tompkins, conference coordinator, University Organist and organist at First Baptist Greenville
  • Vivian Hamilton, director of the Furman Chorales, Furman collabrative pianist, and minister of music at First Baptist Church Greenville
  • William Thomas, professor of Church Music, director of the Furman Chamber Choir
  • Hugh Ferguson Floyd, director of Choral Activites, director of Furman Singers

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