Vivian Hamilton
  • Lecturer of Music; Director, Men's and Women's Chorales; Collaborative Pianist
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Dr. Vivian Hamilton is director of the Furman Chorale and a collaborative pianist in the music department.  Dr. Hamilton has been a singer in the Robert Shaw Institute Festival Singers where she had the opportunity to work with Robert Shaw, and studied conducting with Dan Lewis and Edvard Tchivzhel.  She has worked with choirs at Simmons College, Emerson College, the University of South Carolina, Northeastern University, and Clemson University.  For twelve years, she conducted the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Chorale, and is a former president of the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association.  Her choral conducting experience also includes work at Baptist and Methodist churches in Massachusetts and South Carolina, and in the public schools of Boston and upstate South Carolina.  She is active in the community as the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina. 

She has worked as a collaborative pianist in Boston, Massachusetts, and throughout South Carolina.  She was the Principal Keyboardist for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, playing celeste, piano, and harpsichord. 

She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, her Masters degree in piano performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and her bachelors degree in music education from Furman University.

Name Title Description


Men's Chorale


Women's Chorale


Chamber Choir


Oratorio Chorus


Church Music Ministry

Relationship of the music ministry to the church functions of worship, education and evangelism; the varying roles of music in the church and aspects of administering a program of church music.


Choral Conducting

Continuation of MUS-352. Discussion and class performance in areas of rehearsal technique, advanced conducting analysis, criteria for selecting music, and continued development of general conducting skills. Videotaping as well as written and verbal critique of conducting actions included.

It is a tremendous pleasure to work with Furman students. I enjoy working with students on many different levels and introducing them to excellent choral literature. I try to have a positive, encouraging approach in all of my teaching.

  • Performer, Robert Shaw Festival Singers
  • South Carolina President of American Choral Directors Association
  • Conductor of Choirs in American Choral Directors Association conventions
University of South Carolina
New England Conservatory of Music
Furman University
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Larry Wyatt
University of South Carolina
Jacob Maxin and Thomas Stumpf
New England Conservatory
Ruby Morgan and John Roberts
Furman University
Maria Clodes, Edvard Tchivzhel and Robert Shaw
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