Furman Church Music Conference

January 27-28, 2022

The Furman University Department of Music is honored to present one of the United Kingdom’s leading choral conductors, Stephen Darlington, as our clinician for the 2022 Furman University Church Music Conference. Director of Music Emeritus for Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and Professor of Music Emeritus at Christ Church College, the University of Oxford – positions in which he served for over thirty years – Professor Darlington is currently Acting Director of Chapel Music at Worcester College. He has led the Christ Church Cathedral choir in performances throughout the U.K. and internationally, in addition to producing with them a large number of exceptional recordings featuring sacred choral repertory from all historical periods.

For the 2022 Church Music Conference, Stephen will lead two on-campus rehearsals of conference attendees, focusing on the three anthems to be performed by them at the Friday Evensong service. He will also conduct an open rehearsal of Furman’s acclaimed choral ensembles, the Furman Singers and Furman Chamber Choir; present lectures on the English Choral Tradition and Sacred Music of Tallis and Byrd; and lead a choral reading session. During the Friday Evensong, he will conduct the Furman Singers, as well as a Festival Choir consisting of conference attendees,
the Christ Church Parish Choir, and the Furman Chamber Choir.

On Thursday evening of the conference, attendees will be treated to a recital by internationally acclaimed organist Jens Korndörfer, Professor of Organ at Georgia State University and Director of Music and Organist for First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA, on Furman’s magnificent Hartness Organ (C.B. Fisk Opus 121) in the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel.

This year, we are pleased and honored to have Lois Fyfe Music providing musical scores and exhibits for the conference. Located in Nashville, TN, Lois Fyfe Music stocks a vast quantity of organ, choral, and vocal music, as well as hymnbooks, textbooks, and Royal School of Church Music materials. The Lois Fyfe Music resource specialists, including co-owners Elizabeth Smith and Jonathan Setzer, are all trained musicians with degrees and experience in organ, choral, and vocal music.


  • $120 Registration Fee (non-refundable)
  • $99 Early Bird if submitted on or before January 10, 2022. Enter the code EARLY at checkout on the Eventbrite registration page to apply the discount
  • $50 Student/College, must show valid student ID at registration check-in

Evensong Festival Choir

A Festival Choir composed of conference attendees and the Parish Choir of Christ Church, Greenville will sing three masterworks of the English anthem repertory under Stephen Darlington’s direction at the closing Choral Evensong on Friday. The three anthems that the Church Music Conference attendees will rehearse with Stephen Darlington, and perform at the concluding Evensong service with the Christ Church Greenville Parish Choir and the Furman Chamber Choir, are: Orlando Gibbons, “Almighty and Everlasting God” (Oxford University Press, ed. Peter LeHuray); Herbert Howells, “O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” (Oxford University Press); and Howard Goodall, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (Novello). If you would like to sing with the Festival Choir – on a space available basis – please note that your registration for the conference must be received by December 15 (if registering online) or postmarked no later than December 15 (if registering by mail). (Deadline extended from November 15.)

Register on Eventbrite here


Thursday, January 27

Noon-1 p.m. Registration/Exhibits Open
Herring Music Pavilion

1:15-2:15 p.m. Session I
Harper Hall
Rehearsal for conference attendees (anthems for Friday Evensong)

2:15-3:15 p.m. Session II
Harper Hall
The English Choral Tradition

3:15-4 p.m. Break/Exhibits Open

4-5:30 p.m. Session III
Daniel Chapel
Open Rehearsal with Furman Singers and Furman Chamber Choir

Dinner (On your own)

8 p.m. Recital
Daniel Chapel
Jens Korndörfer, organist

Friday, January 28

9:30-10:30 a.m. Session IV
Harper Hall
Sacred Choral Music of Tallis and Byrd

10:30-11:15 a.m. Coffee and Rolls (On your own)/Exhibits Open
Herring Music Pavilion

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session V
Harper Hall
Rehearsal for conference attendees (anthems for Friday Evensong)

12:30-1:45 p.m. Luncheon
Younts Conference Center

2-3 p.m. Session VI
Harper Hall
Choral Reading Session

3-4:30 p.m. Exhibits Open
Herring Music Pavilion

5 p.m. Session VII: Rehearsal for Evensong
Daniel Chapel

Dinner (On your own)

7 p.m. Choral Evensong
Daniel Chapel
Stephen Darlington, Hugh Ferguson Floyd, and Donald Duncan, conductors
The Furman Singers and the Festival Choir
(Furman Chamber Choir, Christ Church Parish Choir, and Conference Attendees)
Charles Tompkins, organist

Hotel Information

Several hotels in Downtown Greenville and Travelers Rest offer discounts for Furman events. For a list of these hotels, go to this page on the Furman website.


For questions, contact the Furman Music Office at:
Phone: 864.294.2086
E-mail: furmanmusicadmin@furman.edu

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