Organ Music Furman University

The richness, color, and variety of organ performance in all its diverse aspects are an integral part of musical life at Furman University. Under the direction of Dr. Charles Tompkins, nationally recognized concert artist and master teacher, organ students perform solo repertory in concert settings, accompany Furman's outstanding choral ensembles, play for the weekly University Worship service at Daniel Chapel and for numerous churches in the Greenville area, and perform chamber works with other instrumentalists and singers. The centerpiece of Furman's organ program - a magnificent 42-stop organ in Daniel Memorial Chapel by C.B. Fisk (2004) - is available to students for performance and regular practice, as are the 29 stop Holtkamp organ in McAlister Auditorium; excellent small practice organs by Ott, Holtkamp, and Steiner; a beautiful continuo organ by John Bennett; and a two-manual harpsichord by Philip Tyre.

Furman organ majors have consistently been admitted to graduate programs at leading music schools, and many hold important college and church positions throughout the country. Meticulous training in technique, musicality, stylistic performance, and registration of solo organ music from all periods is supplemented by comprehensive studies in the art of service playing. Weekly studio performance classes and music department recitals allow organ students to gain experience and confidence in public performance.


Furman's Hartness Organ Series brings nationally and internationally known organ recitalists to campus each year, with many of these artists conducting master classes for the organ students during their time on campus. In addition, the annual Furman University Church Music Conference brings to campus such outstanding guest clinicians as John Rutter, Mack Wilberg, Gerre Hancock, and others.


Core courses:
  • Basic Musicianship I (MUS-111)
  • Basic Musicianship II (MUS-112)
  • Introduction to Music Literature (MUS-120)
  • Basic Musicianship III (MUS-211)
  • Basic Musicianship IV (MUS-212)
  • World Music I (MUS-220)
  • Music History I (MUS-221)
  • Music History II (MUS-320)
  • Music History III (MUS-321)
  • Basic Conducting (MUS-352)
  • Two credits of performance topics
  • Recital Attendance for seven semesters (MUS-050)
  • Freshman Music Colloquium for one semester (MUS-051)
  • Membership in at least one ensemble: Symphony orchestra (MUS-060), Furman band (MUS-061), Furman Singers (MUS-062), Furman men's chorale (MUS-063), Furman women's chorale (MUS-064), or Guitar Ensemble (MUS-076).
Additional courses for organ performance:
  • History and Literature of the Organ (MUS-421B)
  • Piano Pedagogy (MUS-451)Learn more about piano study.
  • Service Playing (MUS-452)
  • Eight credits of music electives with at least six of the eight numbered between 300 and 499
  • At least 24 credits of organ performance studies
  • Two credits of harpsichord
  • Seven semesters of collaborative coaching

ORGAN COURSE SEQUENCE

 Class  Fall Spring
 Freshman MUS 111 Musicianship I CGA

MUS 562 Performance Studies - Organ (2)
MUS 560 Keyboard Performance Topics (2)

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

MUS 051 Colloquium
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
MUS 112 Musicianship II

MUS 562 Performance Studies - Organ (2)
MUS 120 Introduction to Music Literature (2)

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

Collaborative coaching
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
 Sophomore MUS 221 Musicianship II

MUS 562 Performance Studies - Organ (2)
MUS 221 Music History I (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

Collaborative coaching
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
MUS 212 Musicianship IV

MUS 562 Performance Studies - Organ (2)
MUS 352 Basic Conducting (2)

MUS 220 World Music (4) CGA

CGA (4)

Collaborative coaching
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
 Junior MUS 562 Performance Studies - Organ (4)

MUS 320 Music History II (4) CGA

Music Elective (2)*
MUS 452 Service Playing (2)**

CGA (4)

Collaborative coaching
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
MUS 562 Performance Studies - Organ (4)

MUS 321 Music History III (2)
MUS 563 Harpsichord (2)

Music Elective (2)
MUS 451 Piano Pedagogy (2)**

CGA (4)

Junior Recital (0)

Collaborative coaching
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
 Senior MUS 562 Performance Studies - Organ (4)

CGA (4)

Music Elective (2)
Music Elective (2)

CGA (4)

Collaborative coaching
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
MUS 562 Performance Studies - Organ (4)

CGA (4)

MUS 421B History & Literature of Organ (4)**

CGA (4)

Senior Recital (0)

Collaborative coaching
Major Ensemble

*Of the total of eight elective credits, six must be in courses numbered in 300's and 400's.
**Offered alternating years

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