Church Music Conference
January 24-25, 2019


We were recently informed by Dr. Stephen Cleobury that, as a result of ongoing health issues that will prevent his traveling abroad this spring, he will not be able to serve as clinician for our 2019 Furman Church Music Conference. We, of course, send Stephen our best wishes, along with our hope that he will experience a speedy return to good health. 

We are delighted to announce that BRUCE NESWICK, Director of Music and Organist for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon, has been engaged to serve in Cleobury’s stead as clinician for the conference. One of the outstanding church musicians in America, Bruce Neswick has enjoyed a stellar career as both organist and choral director. Previously Organist and Director of Music at the Episcopal cathedrals of St. John the Divine (New York City) and St. Philip (Atlanta), and Professor of Church Music at Indiana University, Bruce now directs a nationally-known and multi-faceted music program at Trinity Cathedral, Portland, where he directs the Trinity Choir (adults) as well as multiple youth and children’s choirs. He is a much sought-after organ recitalist and one of the outstanding improvisers of our time, having won first prize in multiple improvisation competitions (including the 1990 American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation). Further information regarding Bruce Neswick may be found at: 

For the Furman Church Music Conference, Neswick will lead rehearsals of the conference attendees in repertory for Friday’s Evensong service; conduct an open rehearsal of Greenville’s acclaimed Chicora Voices youth choirs; and conduct the Furman Singers and combined conference attendees / Christ Church choirs at Evensong. He will also demonstrate his unique gifts for creative hymn playing and improvisation at the Evensong service, accompanying both congregational hymns and performing an improvised postlude.


  • $ 95  Adults
  • $ 75  Early Bird Registration if submitted on or before January 6
  • $ 50  Student - high school youth or full time college
Fee includes two days of conference sessions, a conference music packet, and one reservation for the Friday luncheon.
No discount offered for single day attendance. 
Make checks payable to FURMAN UNIVERSITY and mail to:
  Church Music Conference
  3300 Poinsett Hwy
  Greenville, SC  29613

Thomson Lectures in Church Music

​The Thomson Lectures in Church Music were established by an endowment gift from the Thomson Foundation as a memorial to Waddy Randolph Thomson and Pauline Blackwell Thomson. These lectures are the featured events at the annual Church Music Conference at Furman University, Each year distinguished musicians of national and international prominence deliver the lectures on subjects related to the study and practice of church music.

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