The Furman Singers Alumni Choir of 180+ singers will gather from all across the country to share a weekend of music and fellowship that will culminate in morning worship at FBG on Sunday, August 9. The Furman Singers, the oldest of Furman University’s choral ensembles was founded in 1946 by the late DuPre Rhame while he also served as the director of music at First Baptist Greenville.
In 1979, DuPre Rhame (retired in 1970), and the then conductor of Singers, Bingham Vick, Jr. (conductor of Singers since 1970), gathered alumni from 1946 until the present time for a weekend of fellowship and music. Rhame died in 1981, but Vick continued the biennial “Furman Singers Reunion” throughout his tenure. Vick retired in 2010, and the Singers’ newest conductor, Hugh Floyd, is continuing this tradition. Vick and Floyd will share conducting duties.
Returning to accompany the Singers are several former Furman Singers accompanists. Dr. Robert Blocker, class of 1968, served as both accompanist and president of Singers. He is now dean of the School of Music at Yale University. Mr. Robert Haigler, accompanist in the class of 1974, is now retired after distinguished career as a teacher and performer in Chicago. Paul Thomas, accompanist in the class of 2011, is currently organist at The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston S.C.
The prelude on Sunday morning will begin at 10:15 a.m. to allow each of these talented accompanists time to play prior to the service which begins at 10:30 a.m. Come ready to enjoy a service of music from the Furman Singers Alumni Choir and a meditation by Senior Minister Jim Dant.