Church Music Conference Furman University

January 23-24, 2014

The Church Music Conference is honored to have Mack Wilberg, Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as our featured clinician and Thomson Distinguished Lecturer in Church Music*. Join us for what promises to be an outstanding two days of musical and spiritual enrichment. Plan to attend Thursday night's special feature: an organ recital by gifted young artist Adam Pajan, Furman class of 2008. This year's conference concludes on Friday night with a Hymn Festival to be held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Greenville. 

Conference Schedule

Thursday, January 23
  • 12-1  Registrants Check-In.
  • 1-2:15   Session I: "Rehearsing the Choir: Guidelines for Success" with Mack Wilberg
  • 2:15-3:15 Session II: 1st Rehearsal of the Conference Choir with Mack Wilberg conducting. Registrants are invited to sing in the conference choir.
  • 3:30 Session III: Mack Wilberg in Open Rehearsal with the Furman Singers circa 45 minutes. Registrants observe - select a seat on floor behind the conductor or above the choir behind the rail. 
  • 8:00 ORGAN RECITAL: Adam Pajan, Furman's Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel.  Ticketed event - part of the Sound Quality Concert Series.  Conference participants receive one ticket with their registration.  Additional tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.
Friday, January 24
  • 9:30 Session IV: "The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Choral Legacy" with Mack Wilberg
  • 10:30 Break: Coffee and Rolls / Pecknel (Greenville) Exhibits Open
  • 11:15 Session V: 2nd Rehearsal of Conference Choir with Mack Wilberg conducting.  Registrants are invited to sing in the conference choir.
  • 12:30-1:45 Luncheon for conference participants  (RSVP required)
  • 2-3 Session VI: "Choral Arranging: Getting Started" with Mack Wilberg
  • 3-5 Session VII: Music Reading Session with Mack Wilberg
  • 5 p.m.  Dinner on your own
  • 6:30 p.m. Choirs meet at First Baptist for warm-up and seating.
  • 7:30 p.m. CLOSING CONCERT: First Baptist Church, Greenville.  The community is invited to attend this closing event; admission is free.  Mack Wilberg will conduct a portion of the concert.


Check or Credit Card payments accepted. (Visa, MC, DISC, AmExp) The on-line credit card payment process will email you an immediate payment receipt and confirmation. If paying by check, complete the on-line form and then mail your check at least one week prior to the conference start.
  • $70  Early Bird Registration
    Cost if registration is received on or prior to January 10.  Fee includes a ticket to Thursday night's organ recital by Adam Pajan, two days of conference sessions, the Friday conference luncheon and a packet of conference music. Please note, no discount is offered for single day attendance.
  • $90 Late Registration
    Cost if registration is received after January 10 and space remains in the conference. Walk-ins welcome, but music packets may not be available if you wait and register the day of the event.  Fee includes a ticket to Thursday night's organ recital by Adam Pajan, FU '08', two days of conference sessions, the Friday conference luncheon and a packet of conference music if still available. Please note, no discount is offered for single day attendance.
  • $35  Full-time college students (non-Furman)

Thomson Lectures in Church Music*

The lecture series was established by an endowment gift from the Thomson Foundations 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 prominence deliver the lectures on subjects related to the study and practice of church music.  This endowment enables Furman to offer the annual conference at such a modest price.

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Have a question about registration or this event? Contact the Furman music office at 864.294.2086 or email See a list of hotels offering a Furman event discount.

Conference Hosts

  • Charles Tompkins, conference coordinator, University Organist and organist at First Baptist Greenville
  • Vivian Hamilton, director of the Furman Chorales and minister of music at First Baptist Church Greenville
  • William Thomas, professor of Church Music, director of the Furman Chamber Choir
  • Hugh Ferguson Floyd, director of Furman Singers

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