Church Music Conference
January 26-27, 2017

André Thomas
and John Ferguson

Join us for one of the most inspiring and exciting Furman University Church Music Conferences ever! Two legends of American Church Music, André Thomas and John Ferguson, will team up to provide two days of exceptional learning and music making on Furman's beautiful campus. A highlight of this year's conference will be Thursday evening's Hymn Festival, featuring John Ferguson's one-of-a-kind, colorful and virtuoso hymn accompaniments, held in the beautiful sanctuary of Greenville's historic First Baptist Church.


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Thursday evening: A Hymn Festival for the Season of Epiphany will be held at First Baptist Church Greenville.
André Thomas is the OThomasAndre_FUCMCweb.jpgwen F. Sellers Professor of Music at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. He is in near-constant demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor / All-State Choirs through the United States, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. His extensive international conducting credits include conductor / clinician for the International Festival of Choral Music and the World Youth Choir in Taiwan, as well as engagements in the Philippines and in Europe. He has appeared as the guest conductor of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England, the Berlin Radio Choir, and the Netherlands Radio Choir. He has also distinguished himself as a composer / arranger, with works published by Hinshaw, Mark Foster, Fitzsimons, Lawson Gould, Earthsong, Choristers Guild, and Heritage. He has produced two instructional videos ("What They See Is What You Get" on choral conducting, with Rodney Eichenberger, and "Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice" on adolescent voices, with Anton Armstrong. His recent book "Way Over in Beulah Lan': Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual" has quickly become a major source in this area of study. The African Diaspora Sacred Music honored Dr. Thomas as a Living Legend. A past president of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as a past president of the Florida ACDA, Dr. Thomas' dedication to and accomplishments in the choral arts were recognized by his peers in Chorus America when that organization presented him with its Distinguished Service Award.

John Ferguson
retiFergusonJ_FUCMCweb.jpgred in 2012 after serving 29 years as Elliot and Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ and Church Music and Cantor to the Student Congregation at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. His responsibilities at St. Olaf included directing the church music/organ program, teaching organ and conducting the St. Olaf Cantorei. He is renowned for his colorful, exciting and inspiring hymn festivals, for which he is internationally known and which he continues to design and lead in churches and universities throughout the United States each year. He is also a widely published composer and arranger, and he continues to be active in these fields as well. Among Dr. Ferguson's many awards are the F. Melius Christiansen award for distinguished service to the choral art, given by the Minnesota American Choral Directors Association.


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$75 Early Bird Registration submitted on or before January 6
$95 Registration submitted after January 6
Fee includes two days of conference sessions, a conference music packet and Friday luncheon.
No discount offered for single day attendance. 

Make checks payable to FURMAN UNIVERSITY and mail to:
  Church Music Conference
  Furman Music Department
  3300 Poinsett Hwy
  Greenville, SC  29613

Thomson Lectures in Church Music

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

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Conference Hosts

  • Charles Tompkins, conference director, Furman University Organist and Organist/Artist in Residence at Christ Church Episcopal
  • Hugh Ferguson Floyd, Department Chair, Coordinator of Choral Activities, director of Furman Singers
  • Vivian Hamilton, piano, director Furman Women's Chorale, Furman collaborative pianist, and Minister of Music at First Baptist Church Greenville

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