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Sarah Clanton moves to Music City

2007 Furman graduate Sarah Clanton was still a Furman student when she fell in love with Nashville. After making Greenville her home for many years, the singer/songwriter/cellist followed her heart to the place where she discovered ‘you can make a good living as a musician.’ The communications studies major/music minor returned to Greenville recently to […]


Rising stars at Furman

Musicians Emilio Alverson and Madison Allen, who will join Furman’s freshman class in the fall, have successfully auditioned for the International Picolo Spoleto Rising Stars competition. Allen plans to double major in Music Performance and Psychology, while Alverson will major in Violin Performance and Business.  Both are graduates of Spartanburg High School and the South […]


Furman Singers alumni return home in August

More than 150 alumni of the Furman Singers will gather on campus Aug. 7-9 to celebrate their 19th biennial reunion, which will conclude with a performance Sunday, Aug. 9 during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at First Baptist Church of Greenville. The program will be conducted by Hugh Floyd and Bingham Vick, Jr.  Floyd is the current director of the Furman Singers, while Vick directed the group from 1970 through 2010. The public is invited to attend the Sunday worship service.


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 […]