Furman has long enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the vocal arts.  In addition to the scores of graduates in prestigious positions as choral musicians in colleges, churches and schools, the names of Furman alumni will be found on the rosters of opera houses throughout the country and abroad.  Furman presents fully staged operas and choral/orchestral programs that provide student solo opportunities.

To join Furman Singers or Belle Voci, there are auditions during Fall Orientation and the first day of classes. The schedule for the fall placement auditions will be posted to the music department website in early summer.

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 21st century.  Singers is open to majors and non-music majors, but auditions are required. Auditions are held at the beginning of each term. For more information on Furman Singers, contact Dr. Stephen Gusukuma.

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 Belle Voci, contact Dr. Vivian Hamilton.

image belle voci choir in daniel chapel

Chamber Choir

The Furman 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  Furman Singers.  Auditions are held in the spring for the next year’s ensemble. Each December, the Chamber Choir presents a traditional service of Lessons and Carols, which began at Furman in 1996, upon the opening of the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel. In addition to the annual presentation of Lessons and Carols, the choir regularly performs a wide range of sacred music in churches throughout the region.

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 Belle Voci, you may still participate in the oratorio chorus.

image oratorio messiah chorus in mcalister auditorium


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