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Vocal / Choral

The vocal/choral department at Furman University offers conservatory-level training within the context of an outstanding academic institution. At Furman, you’ll enjoy a national caliber liberal arts education while receiving outstanding training in music. Furman University offers three degree programs in the study of voice: Bachelor of Music Performance degree; Bachelor of Music Education (Choral) degree; and Bachelor of Arts degree.

Vocal Study

In addition to applied voice, Furman offers specialized courses in lyric diction, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, choral conducting, chamber music, Alexander Technique, dance and acting. Furman’s Lyric Theatre program showcases full productions each year, featuring undergraduates in leading roles, chorus and orchestra. Our students prepare for a career in music by receiving professional level coaching and stage direction. Recent full productions with orchestra include Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon and My Fair Lady, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Menotti’s The Medium, Massenet’s Cendrillon and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. In addition, Furman mounts large-scale choral works with orchestra each semester using student soloists. All oratorio and opera productions are performed in McAlister Auditorium, a 2,000 seat proscenium style theatre.

Furman voice majors have gone on to the top music conservatories and universities including the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Boston University, Peabody Conservatory, Indiana University, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, and San Francisco Conservatory. Current students and graduates have participated in AIMS-Graz Austria, Bel Canto (Florence, Italy), Lyrique-en-mer (Festival Belle-Ile, France), SongFest (Los Angeles), and Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA). Recent graduates have won spots in the top young artist programs including the Ryan Opera Center (Lyric Opera Chicago), Merola Opera Program (San Francisco Opera), Santa Fe Opera, and the Jette Parker Young Artist Program (Royal Opera House, London). Furman currently has three alumni on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera.

Vocal Area Resources

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Interested in voice lessons, opera, lyric theater or membership in a choral ensemble? We would like to talk with you!

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Lyric Theater

Furman’s Lyric Theater program showcases full productions each year, featuring undergraduates in leading roles, the chorus and the orchestra.

See images from recent Lyric Theater productions
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Choral Ensembles

We have a place for you! Our three primary choral ensembles are open to majors and non-majors by audition.

Learn more about our choral ensembles
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Youth and Adult Programs

Fall Vocal Workshop

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.