image large of oratorio chorus and Messiah orchestra in McAlister Auditorium


Furman Singers

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.

Furman Singers rehearsal in Harper Hall

Belle Voci

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 1:15-2:30 p.m.. For more information on the Belle Voci, contact Dr. Vivian Hamilton.

image belle voci choir in daniel chapel

Chamber Choir

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.

chamber choir performs in daniel chapel at christmas

Oratorio Chorus

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.

image oratorio messiah chorus in mcalister auditorium


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Youth and Adult Programs

Fall Choral Festival

Voice Day
October 2, 2021

Open to students in grades 8-12 who are interested in studying voice and sharpening their performance skills. This one-day workshop will prepare students for competition, college auditions, and school performances. Sessions are available for both teachers and students.

Register for Voice Day and learn more!

Church Music Conference

Church Music Conference
January 27-28, 2022

Guest Clinician: Stephen Darlington

The 2022 Furman University Church Music Conference will mark the 50th year of this marvelous event (cancelled in 2020 and 2021), founded in 1971 by Dr. Bingham L. Vick, Jr. and Dr. Milburn Price. To mark the occasion, we are honored to present one of the United Kingdom’s leading choral conductors, Stephen Darlington, as our clinician. 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.

For: College and adult music directors, organists, pianists, conductors, choir members and church music enthusiasts.

Register for the Church Music Conference and learn more!

Summer Vocal Experience

Young Artist Vocal Experience
July 10-15, 2022

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.