Engaging music

They’ve played for friends and faculty at Furman. They’ve played for music fans in a private home. They’ve played for middle and high school students. They’ve played for two communities of senior citizens. And that’s all in less than one week. Nine Furman students are on a mission: to share their love of chamber music […]


Keith Lockhart to conduct free concert at Peace Center

Renowned conductor and Furman graduate Keith Lockhart will present an admission-free concert with the Brevard Music Center orchestra on Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m. at the Peace Center in Greenville. The orchestra, which consists of top-notch student musicians from around the country, will be joined by cello soloist Cicely Parnas. Lockhart, a 1981 Furman graduate and longtime conductor of the Boston Pops, is an alumnus of the Brevard Music Center and serves as its artistic director and principal conductor. Read more in The Greenville News.


Making the spring term Dean’s List

Among the more prestigious honors that Furman students can earn during their time at the university is being named to the Dean’s List. Those making the grade for the 2015 spring term represent 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 20 foreign countries. The honor is awarded to full-time undergraduates who earn a grade point average of at least 3.4 during the university’s fall and spring semesters.


Check out the Lakeside Summer Concert Series

Furman’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, opened Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. Celebrating the “Sounds of Summer,” the Lakeside Concert Band, under the direction of Furman’s Leslie W. Hicken, and other ensembles and guests will present a concert every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater through Aug. 6.


Trustees approve faculty promotions, tenure

During its spring meeting Saturday, the Furman Board of Trustees approved promotions and/or tenure for 12 faculty members and granted emeritus status to six professors who are retiring this summer. The trustees also recognized the contributions of four board members whose terms will expire June 30. All faculty promotions, tenure and emeritus status become effective Aug. 1.


An opera for social justice

Frances “Katie” Pollock, a 2012 graduate of the Furman music program, has composed an opera based on the story of 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr., a South Carolina youth who was wrongly convicted in the 1940’s of murdering two girls and became the youngest person to be executed in the 20th century. The opera, “Stinney,” is […]

President Elizabeth Davis honors Emily Sweezey (left) and Linda Ray (right) during an April 17 ceremony.

Ray, Sweezey honored by staff

Ray, an administrative assistant in Modern Languages and Literatures, has worked at Furman for 35 years and will retire this spring. Those nominating Ray praised her attention to detail and skills as a long-range planner. But they said it is her enduring devotion to students that sets her apart. “Her real talent and her real […]


University welcomes newest members of Phi Beta Kappa

Forty-nine Furman students have been elected to the school’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic society. The newest members were inducted during a special initiation ceremony and dinner on campus earlier this spring. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters induct the most outstanding students at America’s leading colleges and universities, and only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher education have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

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FSO & Oratorio Chorus perform April 24

The Furman University Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus will present a concert Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. “Old Testament Heroes,” is a Sound Quality Concert Series event and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Dr. Thomas Joiner conducts the combined forces of the FSO, Furman Singers, Chorales, and student soloists in works by Saint-Saëns and Arthur Honegger.

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Hicken wins SCICU teaching award

Leslie W. Hicken, Professor of Music at Furman University, has been awarded a 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU) organization. SCICU annually recognizes one faculty member from each of its 20 member schools with the teaching awards. President Elizabeth Davis praises Hicken’s career for “enriching the musical life of the Upstate and for mentoring many of the leading band directors in the state.”