January 22-23, 2015
Featuring guest clinicians:
Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music of the University of Georgia. Dr. Bara oversees seven university choral ensembles and the graduate choral conducting program; in addition to the many regional and national awards and honors earned by his choirs, in May 2014, under his direction, the UGA Hodgson Singers won the Grand Prix at the International Choral Competition Ave Verum in Baden, Austria.
Dr. Bara is in regular demand as a guest conductor and clinician, having conducted all-state and honor choirs in 15 states and Carnegie Hall, and served as clinician for conferences sponsored by ACDA, AGO, and other school and church musical organizations.
MARY LOUISE (MEL) BRINGLE, (Ph.D.
Emory University 1984) is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and
coordinator of the Integrated Studies major at Brevard College. The
recipient of a generous grant from the Louisville Institute, she is currently
writing a book on Envy, one of the seven deadly sins. In 2002, she was
recognized as the "emerging hymn text writer" of the US and Canada,
and her works are included in two single-author collections and in hymnals and
supplements of numerous denominations in North America and Scotland. She
has recently served as President of The Hymn Society and as chair of the
committee charged with creating a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church
USA. She is a ruling elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church in
DAVID HIGGS, one of America’s leading concert organists and Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, will be featured in a Thursday evening recital continuing the 10th anniversary celebration of Furman’s C.B. Fisk organ.
12:15-1pm, Arrive and pick up packet
1pm, conference sessions begin
Dinner on your own
8pm David Higgs, organist, in recital, Daniel Memorial Chapel
9am - Noon, conference sessions continue
Noon Friday, conference luncheon (must pre-register)
1:30pm-5pm, conference sessions continue
Dinner on your own.
TBA, Closing Service/Conference Choir Performance
Detailed schedule available soon.
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, submit, then mail your check to
Church Music Conference
Furman Music Department
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville, SC 29613
- $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 David Higgs, 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 January Registration
Cost if registration is received after January 10 and space remains in the conference. Music packets may not be available if you wait and register the week of the event. Fee includes a ticket to Thursday night's organ recital, two days of conference sessions, the Friday conference luncheon and a packet of conference music if 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.