Department Chair

Mark E. Britt
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Collaborative Piano

Deb Bellamy
John Gentry
Vivian Hamilton
Amanda Montgomery
Jahnna Reck
Dewitt Tipton


Jay Bocook - Composition, Orchestration
Mark Kilstofte - Area Coordinator: Composition & Theory
Daniel Koppelman - Composition & Theory, Technology
Matt Olson - Saxophone, Jazz Studies

Ensemble Conductors

Jay Bocook - Athletic Bands (Paladin Regiment Marching Band, Pep Bands)
Leslie W. Hicken- Professor Emeritus, Former Director of Bands
Matthew Olson- Jazz Ensemble and Combos, Coordinator of Jazz Studies
Sue Samuels - Director of Bands Fall 2019


Hugh F. Floyd- Director of Choral Activities; Conductor: Furman Singers, Chamber Choir
Vivian Hamilton- Belle Voci Choir
J. Rusty Keesler- Men's Chorale

Symphony Orchestra and String Quartets

Thomas W. Joiner- Furman Symphony Orchestra, Coordinator of Orchestral Activities
Christopher Hutton - String Quartets


Ian Bracchitta - Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Jazz

Introduction to Music for Non-Majors

Petrea Warneck


Ian Bracchitta - Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Keith Davis - Jazz Piano, Jazz Combo coach
Matthew Olson - Saxophone, Jazz Studies Coordinator, conductor of the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo coach, Co-Director of the summer Jazz Camp
Justin Watt - Drum Set

Music Education

Leslie W. Hicken - Professor Emeritus, Former Director of Bands
Anna B. Joiner- Viola, Music Education (strings)
J. Rusty Keesler- Music Education (choral)
Barbara Rich- Music Education (elementary)
Sue Samuels - Director of Bands Fall 2019,  (Music Education Coordinator)

Music Library

Patricia Sasser - Librarian, Maxwell Music Library

Musicology, History, World Music

John Beckford- Professor Emeritus
Omar Carmenates - Percussion, World Music
Christopher Hutton - Violoncello, Music History, String Quartets
Laura E. Kennedy - Area Coordinator, Musicologist, May-mester Foreign Study coordinator
Gary Malvern - Trumpet, Music History
Julie Moore - World Music
Patricia Sasser- Research Librarian, Maxwell Music Library

Piano, Organ, Keyboard

David Gross- Piano
Amanda Montgomery - Piano
Derek Parsons- Piano, Area Coordinator, Director of the Summer Keyboard Institute
Charles Tompkins - Organ and Harpsichord, University Organist, Coordinator of the Church Music Conference

Keith Davis - Jazz Piano
Karen Eshelman - Theory Keyboard
Daniel Koppelman- Keyboard Composition, Technology
Ruth Neville - Theory Keyboard

String / Orchestra

Ian Bracchitta- Jazz Double Bass
Anita Burroughs-Price - Harp
Timothy Easter- Double Bass
Christopher Hutton- Violoncello
Deirdre Hutton- Violin
Anna B. Joiner- Viola, Music Education
Thomas W. Joiner- Coordinator of Orchestral Activities, Violin, Conductor of the Furman Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Summer Orchestra Camp

Music Technology

Daniel Koppelman- Composition & Theory, Technology
Michael Vick - Recording Engineer Supervisor, Fine Arts area for Information Technology Services


Benjamin Dobbs - Theory
Karen Eshelman - Theory
Mark Kilstofte - Area Coordinator: Composition, Theory
Daniel Koppelman - Theory, Composition, Technology
Ruth Neville - Theory, Keyboard
Derek Parsons - Theory, Piano
Dewitt Tipton - Theory, Collaborative Piano
Charles Tompkins - Theory, Organ


Lisa Browne Barksdale- Voice
Hugh F. Floyd - Director of Choral Activities, Voice
Vivian Hamilton – Conductor of the Women’s Chorale, Collaborative Staff Pianist
Kathryn Knauer - Voice
Grant Knox- Vocal Area Coordinator, Director of Furman Lyric Theatre and Opera Workshop, Director of the summer Young Artist Vocal Experience
Alison Trainer - Voice
William Thomas- Professor Emeritus

Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

John Beckford - Percussion Methods, Conducting, Introduction to Music
Jay Bocook - Director of Athletic Bands, Conductor of the Symphonic Winds, Composer and Arranger
Mark E. Britt - Low Brass; Department Chair
Omar Carmenates - Percussion
Cecilia Kang - Clarinet, Director of the Single Reed Day
Amy Yang Hazlett - Bassoon
Leslie W. Hicken - Professor Emeritus, Director: Summer Band and Orchestra Camp
Cynthia Hopkins- Flute
Gary Malvern- Trumpet
Matt Olson - Saxophone, Jazz Studies
Petrea Warneck - Oboe
Justin Watt- Drum Set
Anneka Zuehlke King - Horn

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