• Professor of Music; Coordinator, Music Education; Director of Bands; Director, Lakeside Concert Series
  • 864.294.3193
  • Daniel Music Building, Room 10
  • les.hicken@furman.edu

Leslie W. Hicken is one of the most respected band directors in the United States. A member of the South Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame, Hicken is president of the South Carolina Band Directors Association, and member of the American Bandmasters Association.

He has served as one of Furman's leading ensemble directors since joining the university in 1993. He directs the wind ensemble, symphonic band and chamber wind ensembles and serves as assistant director to the marching band. In 2012, he led the wind ensemble to the American Bandmasters Association National Convention in Charleston, S.C.

Prior to joining Furman's faculty, Hicken was the director of bands at Youngstown State (Ohio) University and director of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra. He also performed as a clarinetist in the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Earlier in his career, Hicken taught in Durham, N.C. and performed as a clarinetist in the U.S. Military Academy.

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Topics in Music Education

A one credit recertification unit for current South Carolina music educators. Requires attendance at a prescribed number of events provided by the South Carolina Music Education Association. Students submit a summary of their experiences and design their own curriculum to address individual interests and areas of expertise.


Furman Bands


Basic Conducting

Basic skills required of a conductor: beat patterns, cuing, expressive and functional use of the left hand, introduction to score study.


Instrumental Conducting

Designed to develop students146 skills and knowledge of ensemble conducting, acquaint them with a variety of musical repertoire and styles both instrumental and vocal, and develop their ability to research and prepare musical scores and administer musical ensembles.


Instrumental Music Methods

Comprehensive study in methods of teaching instrumental music for the elementary, middle, and secondary school. Considerable emphasis on philosophy, objectives, and teaching techniques of the various instrumental ensembles.

As a large ensemble director, I want to create for my students an atmosphere where they contribute to the music-making process. We give them the tools to make artistic decisions regarding ensemble and expression so that they are intimately engaged while we re-create the composer's intent.

  • President of the South Carolina Band Directors Association (2011)
  • South Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame (2010)
  • President of College Band Directors National Association Southern Division
  • American Bandmasters Association (2002)
  • Outstanding Contributor Award from South Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Mu (2002)
  • Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year Award from South Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Mu (2000)
  • Resident with public schools of Volta Redonda in Rio de Janeiro (2000)
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