Mark Kilstofte at piano

Kilstofte’s “Peace” to be aired on NPR’s “From the Top”

A musical work by Furman professor Dr. Mark Kilstofte will be aired on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” Monday, Dec. 22. The composition, “Peace,” was performed by the Cantus Chamber Choir from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Nov. 6 at the Peace Center before a live audience. “From the Top” is aired on 250 public radio stations reaching an estimated 700,000 listeners worldwide.

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Christmas @ Furman to be performed Dec. 5

The Furman Symphony Orchestra, Furman Singers and Chorales featuring five student soloists will present Christmas @ Furman Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth. An annual tradition for more than 50 years, Furman’s holiday concert features 200 students conducted by Thomas Joiner and Hugh Ferguson Floyd. The program, part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program as well as the Sound Quality Concert Series, includes Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” choral works by Franz Biebl and Sergei Rachmaninoff, and familiar carol arrangements by Arthur Harris, among other favorites of the season.

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Chamber Wind Ensemble in concert Dec. 9

The Furman University Chamber Wind Ensemble will present a concert Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Presented by the Department of Music, the concert is free and open to the public. The Chamber Wind Ensemble is conducted by Professor of Clarinet Dr. Robert Chesebro who is in his 50th year as a Furman faculty member. Retiring after this academic year, Chesebro will conduct 11 musicians in the program featuring works by Anton Reicha, Paul Hindemith, Charles Gounod, and Gordon Jacob.


The dreams you dare to dream

When singer and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth appeared on NBC’s TODAY SHOW to promote her first live album and performed the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” she was accompanied on piano by Furman graduate Mary-Mitchell Campbell. A 1996 Furman graduate, Campbell serves as Chenoweth’s musical director.

Campbell is a leading musical arranger and orchestrator in New York. She won a Drama Desk Award in 2007 for orchestrations for the revival of the Broadway musical “Company,” and was music director for the Broadway production of “The Addams Family.” She has served on the faculties of NYU, Boston College and Juilliard.

Parsons releases solo recording of Liszt’s works

Furman professor of piano Derek Parsons has always found inspiration in the otherworldly talent of Franz Liszt, but he’s never been quite ready to take on the challenge of recording music composed by someone considered by many to be the greatest pianist of all time. Until now. The South Carolina Arts Commission earlier this month […]

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Jazz Combos in concert Dec. 7

Furman University Jazz Combos will present a concert Sunday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Presented by the Furman University Department of Music, the concert is free and open to the public, and is also part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. The Jazz Combos are coached by Furman music faculty members Steve Watson who teaches in the jazz studies program, and Dr. Matt Olson, who directs the Furman jazz studies program. Watson and Olson will lead students in music written for small jazz ensembles featuring works from Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and other composers throughout jazz history.

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Furman Lyric Theatre to present opera scenes recital

Furman University Lyric Theatre will present an opera scenes recital Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. “Opera in the Classical Era: Gluck, Mozart, and Haydn,” is free and open to the public. The performance is directed by Furman Professor of Voice and Director of Lyric Theatre Dr. Grant Knox. Assisting Knox in directing is Furman senior Bryce McClendon. Furman Piano Professor Dr. David Gross provides accompaniment.

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Furman music professors to present concert Nov. 13

The Furman Faculty Chamber Music Series will present a concert Thursday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. The event is part of Furman’s Sound Quality Concert Series. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. Hosted by Furman music professor Dr. Christopher Hutton, the concert features a program with a wide variety of music for different combinations of performers.

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Kendall Driscoll ’16 becomes published poet

Kendall Driscoll ’16 believed writing her thoughts would keep them hidden safely away. What the soft-spoken music education major from Aiken didn’t count on was the words jumping off the page. Speech of the Masquerade, Driscoll’s first book, will be published Dec. 5 by PRA Publishing. The collection of 31 poems represents the culmination of a talent that Driscoll simply couldn’t keep secret despite a personality not exactly determined to find the limelight.

Top left and continuing clockwise, George (left) and Fran Ligler (right) honored Carl Kohrt, who is photographed with his wife Lynne, and Charles Brewer. Brewer was also honored by Genie Gullick.  Bill Lavery, photographed with his wife AvaMarie, was honored by Lynn Hatcher-Totaro (right).  David Shaner, (left) photographed with his wife Ileana, was honored by Eric and Christina Harrell. Ty Tessitore,(right) was honored by Matthew and Sandra Miller.

Furman Standard honors ten

Every year, alumni, parents and friends honor Furman Faculty through lasting gifts to The Furman Standard, an endowed fund that allocates annual grants to faculty materials, training and development. Furman Standard began in 2010 and, to date, more than 30 professors have been honored raising more than $2 million to support faculty development. On October […]