Furman has long enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the vocal arts. Likewise, Furman’s choirs also receive much acclaim. The Furman Choirs present numerous performances each school year, often collaborating with distinguished faculty, guest artists, and other ensembles. Ensemble performances take place on and off campus, provide solo opportunities for many singers, and afford students a unique community.
Read more about each choral ensemble below!
Furman Singers, Furman University’s flagship choir, comprises students from many fields of study and backgrounds who are passionate about performing choral music. Since 1946, Furman Singers has captivated audiences with diverse repertoire that spans centuries, explored a range of styles and languages, and conveyed the human experience through one of the most powerful mediums: song. The also choir has an active presence on campus, tours annually across the United States and Europe, and regularly collaborates with the Furman Symphony Orchestra and Furman Symphonic Band.
Auditions are held on a rolling basis and are open to all current Furman students, regardless of major.
Furman Singers rehearses Tuesday/Thursday from 4-6 PM.
Belle Voci (Beautiful Voices) is a treble choir that seeks to share music that not only expresses the art of beautiful singing, but hopes that the language of music can be a connection to help find our common humanity, and to create a supportive and nurturing community of artists and scholars.
Belle Voci rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15-2:30 p.m..
The Furman Chamber Choir is a premier mixed ensemble of some of Furman’s finest singers. The Chamber Choir presents two liturgical concerts yearly, in collaboration with the Office of Spiritual Life: in December, A Service of Lessons and Carols (a beloved tradition inaugurated in 1996 upon the opening of Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel), and on Palm Sunday, A Palm & Passion Service of Lesson and Song. The choir also has their own or shared performances on a project-to-project basis ranging from chamber masterworks to participation in the Furman Church Music Conference. The Chamber Choir performs a wide range of accompanied and a cappella works spanning from the Renaissance to modern choral music.
Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester upon request/invitation.
The Chamber Choir rehearses Monday/Wednesday from 2:30-3:20 PM.
The oratorio chorus is comprised of all the choral ensembles, who join forces with the Furman Symphony Orchestra to provide a unique musical experience for the Greenville community. At the end of each term, these ensembles collaborate to deliver monumental works. If you are not enrolled in Furman Singers or Belle Voci, you may still participate in the oratorio chorus.
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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.
Guest Clinician: Tom Trenney: Composer, conductor, organist, preacher, and teacher – Minister of Music to First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska
For: College and adult music directors, organists, pianists, conductors, choir members and church music enthusiasts
Young Artist Vocal Experience
July 7-12, 2024
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.