Founded in 1946, Furman Singers is one of the premier collegiate ensembles in America. The group tours across the United States and Europe, showcasing a repertoire that covers everything from Renaissance motets to the finest choral music of the 20th century. Singers is open to majors and non-music majors, but auditions are required. Auditions are held at the beginning of each term using posted excerpts. For more information, contact Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd.
Belle Voci – Beautiful Voices – is a treble choral ensemble of the Furman music department that seeks to share music not only expressing the art of beautiful singing, but hoping that the language of music can be a connection in finding our common humanity – in creating a supportive and nurturing community of artists and scholars. Belle Voci rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:15 p.m.. For more information on the Belle Voci, contact Dr. Vivian Hamilton.
The chamber choir is a select group of vocalists who perform both accompanied and a cappella works. Chamber Choir participants receive a stipend and are all members of the Furman Singers. Auditions are held in the spring for the next year’s ensemble. For more information, contact Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd.
Providing one of the most unique musical experiences on a college campus, the oratorio chorus is comprised of all the choral ensembles plus instrumentalists who are fulfilling their music education requirement or who enjoy singing but do not normally participate in a choral ensemble. At the end of each term, the chorus collaborates with the Furman Symphony Orchestra to deliver monumental works at the end of each term. If you are not currently performing with the Furman Singers or Chorales, you may still participate in the oratorio chorus. For more information, contact Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd.
YAVE is an intensive one-week summer workshop for talented singers ages 14-18. Board or Commute. Vocal styles taught: musical theater, opera, sacred, art song, oratorio. Participants have the opportunity to develop their skills through voice classes, acting classes, master classes, student recitals, faculty recitals, alumni recitals and special topic sessions. Instructors are Furman University voice faculty and Furman vocal performance alumni. Private lessons are available for an additional fee. LEARN MORE ABOUT YAVE.
CHORAL DIRECTORS: Your recommended students will join high school singers from across the region to practice and perform under the baton of renowned conductor Hugh Ferguson Floyd. With participation limited to two SATB quartets per school, this festival offers your top students the opportunity to enhance their ensemble skills and interact with their musical peers. Rehearsals begin Friday evening and culminate in a free performance with the Furman Singers on Saturday afternoon.
Registration and selection of SATB members is handled by the choral director of each participating school. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHORAL FESTIVAL.
Guest Clinicians: Pearl Shangkuan and Dan Forrest
The 2020 Furman University Church Music Conference will mark the 50th year of this marvelous event, founded in 1971 by Dr. Bingham L. Vick, Jr. and Dr. Milburn Price. To mark the occasion, we are honored to have as our clinicians this year two acclaimed musicians: PEARL SHANGKUAN, Director of Choral Activities at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI and an internationally active conductor; and composer (and Greenville native) DAN FORREST, whose works are among the most-often performed of American composers in our time.
For: College and adult music directors, organists, pianists, conductors, choir members and church music enthusiasts.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FURMAN CHURCH MUSIC CONFERENCE.