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Furman Hosts Church Music Conference in January

Furman University Music Department will host its 2017 Church Music Conference on campus and other venues Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26 and 27.

The conference is open to the public. Registration for the event is $75 on or before Jan. 6, and $95 after that date as space remains. Registration for full-time students is $40. Fees include two days of conference sessions, a conference music packet and a Friday luncheon.

Hosted by Furman music faculty members Charles Tompkins, Hugh Ferguson Floyd, and Vivian Hamilton, the conference features two legends of American Church Music, André Thomas, the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music at Florida State University (Tallahassee), and John Ferguson, the now retired Elliot and Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ and Church Music at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. Together they will team up to provide two days of exceptional education sessions and music-making.

A highlight of this year’s conference is Thursday evening’s Hymn Festival, which will be held in the sanctuary of Greenville’s historic First Baptist Church. The festival spotlights John Ferguson’s one-of-a-kind, colorful and virtuoso hymn accompaniments.

Founded in 1971, the Furman University Church Music Conference is made possible through an endowment from the Thomson Foundation as a memorial to Waddy Randolph Thomson and Pauline Blackwell Thomson. Each year, distinguished musicians of national prominence present sessions on subjects related to the study and practice of church music.

More information about the Furman Church Music Conference may be found at this link. Or contact the Furman Music Department at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at


Last updated November 30, 2016
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