• Music Department Chair; Bingham L. Vick, Jr. and Judith S. Vick Professor of Music; Director of Furman Singers; Coordinator of Choral Activities
  • 864.294.2161
  • Daniel Music Building, Room 101 and 111
  • Hugh.Floyd@Furman.edu

Hugh Ferguson Floyd, Department Chair, is the first recipient of the Bingham L. Vick, Jr. and Judy S. Vick Professorship of Music. He has been a guest lecturer at the Eastman School of Music and Yale University. Prior to his appointment at Furman, Floyd served as the director of choral studies at the Oberlin Conservatory. At Oberlin, he conducted the College Choir, which performed regularly with the Cleveland Orchestra and with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. Floyd was also chorus master for the Oberlin Opera Theater.

Floyd frequently serves as a guest conductor and clinician for all-state and regional honors choirs around the country. He has been clinician for Festival Disney at Walt Disney World since its inception. In addition, he served as director of choral activities at the famed Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy. In 2010, he was named artistic director for the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies. He was chorus master for the Akron Symphony, conducting assistant with the Charlotte Symphony and director of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, chorus master for the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Symphony, and chorus master and conductor in residence at the Brevard (N.C.) Music Center. He has prepared choirs for such eminent conductors as Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Robert Page, Franz Welser Möst, and Robert Spano.

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Furman Singers


Chamber Choir


Introduction to Music

Introduction to the fundamentals of music, exploring a variety of musical genres, and developing an appreciation of the diverse musical genres. Although the focus157 for each section varies, all sections address certain fundamentals of music: listening skills, cultural context, historical development, musical vocabulary, musical structure, and style. Requires out-of-class listening and attendance at live concerts. Descriptions of the sections are published during the enrollment period for each term.


Basic Conducting

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


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.


Survey of Choral Literature

Choral literature, both sacred and secular, beginning with Gregorian Chant and concluding with choral-orchestral music of the 20th and 21st century will be discussed, analyzed, and heard.


Vocal & Choral Methods

Comprehensive study in methods of teaching vocal production in the choral setting and the private studio. Considerable emphasis on breathing, phonation, diction, intonation. In addition to the adult voice, consideration is given to the child and adolescent vocal technique. Designed to develop teaching skill.


Practicum in Church Music

A semester-long field placement that will serve as a culminating experience in which the philosophies, methods and materials presented in the music core and the Church Music major curricula will be put into practice

  • Bingham L. Vick, Jr. and Judith S. Vick Professor of Music
  • Cum Laude graduate, Furman University
  • Pi Kappa Lambda, Furman University
  • Faculty "Oil Can" Award, Interlochen Arts Academy First Year Mentor Award, Oberlin College Phi Mu Alpha Orpheus Award
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Eastman School of Music
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Eastman School of Music
Bingham L. Vick, Jr.
Furman University
Ann Howard Jones, Margaret Hillis and Elizabeth A.H. Green
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