Skip to main content

Fall Festival of Choral Music features concert Oct. 18

Furman singers with FloydThe Furman Fall Festival of Choral Music will close with a concert on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on the Furman University campus.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For the festival, singers from selected high school programs in the region are invited to participate with mixed quartets of their finest singers. These groups practice and perform under the baton of Furman Singers director Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd who leads Saturday’s culminating concert with the Singers.

The nearly 100-voice Furman Singers and High School Festival Choir, comprised of almost 70 singers, will be accompanied by Grace Odell ‘16 (Pelzer), and Furman Music Professor Vivian Hamilton. The choirs will perform a mix of traditional hymns, folk songs and spirituals.

A special addition to the festival is a piece by Furman Professor of Music Composition and Theory Mark Kilstofte titled “Caritas” (Charity), which was commissioned by Furman to Commemorate 50 Years of Desegregation at the university.

Floyd is Coordinator of Choral Music at Furman. Prior to his appointment at Furman, he served as Director of Choral Studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Eastman School of Music and Yale University. Floyd served as Director of Choral Activities and Voice Instructor at the famed Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Floyd is a graduate of Furman, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Michigan.

For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Pride is personal and political for alumnus Tensley

In a Q&A, Brandon Tensley '12 talks about coming out at Furman, celebrating Pride Month and political issues he's covered related to LGBTQ rights.

It’s a wrap: Strategic design master’s students shine in package refresh competition

Four Master of Arts in Strategic Design candidates reimagine a legacy package for The Coca-Cola Company.

Black man wearing glasses, in suit, Rod Kelley

What Juneteenth teaches us, reminds us

Rod Kelley '06 contributes a guest column urging readers to treat Juneteenth as an opportunity to amplify the voices of the marginalized.

Bright futures, big city: Dins take on NYC for Career Treks

The Malone Center for Career Engagement organized the treks, which gave students the chance to explore the fields of finance and communications.