Recognized as one of the most iconic structures on our campus, the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel is more than a place of spiritual refreshment. It also provides a magnificent setting for musical performances by Furman students, faculty, and guest artists.
When you enter the sanctuary, the Hartness Organ is sure to catch your eye. This beautiful instrument, Opus 121 of the renowned American organ builder C.B. Fisk, was custom designed for a room described by legendary conductor Robert Shaw as "one of the most acoustically outstanding performance spaces in America."
With 42 stops (or "voices") and more than 2,900 pipes, the Hartness Organ is heard every year in solo recitals by our University Organist, Charles Tompkins
; by Furman organ performance majors; and by nationally- and internationally- renowned organ recitalists such as Olivier Latry (The Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris) and David Higgs (Eastman School of Music). Also featured are recitals by recent winners of important national and international organ playing competitions including Furman alumnus Adam Pajan ('08), winner of the 2013 Clarence Mader Competition in California, and runner-up in the 2013 Longwood Gardens (PA) International Organ Playing Competition. The Hartness Organ is also heard each year in concerts and services with choral and instrumental groups - including Furman's annual Service of Lessons and Carols in December - and plays an important part in the University's weekly worship services.