The Bachelor of Music in Church Music degree is designed to prepare the student for a career as a church musician. Specific courses pertaining to the study of church music are supplemented by the opportunity to participate in Furman’s outstanding choral ensembles-Furman Singers, Furman Chamber Choir, and the Men’s and women’s Chorales-all of which are directed by experienced and committed church musicians and perform substantial sacred repertory in a variety of styles each year. In addition, the annual Furman University Church Music Conference brings to the campus distinguished church musicians of national prominence to deliver lectures on subjects related to the study and practice of church music. These guest musicians are usually featured as directors and/or organists in hymn festivals and other concerts included as part of the conference.
The capstone experience of the Church Music degree occurs during the spring term of a student’s senior year. The Practicum in Church Music involves an internship at a Greenville-area church which provides the student with practical experience in all areas of an active, excellent church music program. Furman students intending to major in music must perform an audition and complete a music theory placement examination. Final approval for a music degree takes place during your sophomore year.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Church Music may designate ANY instrument or voice as their principal performing medium. A minimum of 16 hours study is required in this principal area, as well as a minimum of 4 hours in a secondary area (voice principals will study piano or organ; all other principals will study voice).
Audition and Declaration Requirements
Furman students intending to major in music must perform an audition and complete a music theory placement examination. Final approval for a music degree takes place during your sophomore year. Learn more about auditions.
See the suggested course sequence for a B.M. in Church Music [PDF]