Music at First Baptist Greenville is a thriving ministry with an incredible level of talent.
Gifted musicians work with Children’s Choirs for those 3 years old through elementary school. Many students in our youth group not only sing in the
The Sanctuary Choir has had the honor of performing for national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. They have sung for Furman Church Music Conferences with guest conductors, Mack Wilberg, Andre Thomas
They have also traveled to sing in the Riverside Church in New York City, Duke Chapel in Durham, NC, and been invited to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. They have sung major choral and orchestral works
Dr. Vivian Hamilton
Minister of Music
Dr. Vivian Hamilton conducts the Sanctuary Choir and is the primary planner for music in our worship services at First Baptist Greenville. An accomplished pianist as well as vocalist and conductor, Dr. Hamilton also conducts the Furman University Women’s Chorale and serves as a collaborative pianist on the music faculty of Furman University. Dr. Hamilton has been a singer in the Robert Shaw Institute Festival Singers where she had the opportunity to work with Robert Shaw and has studied conducting with Dan Lewis and Edvard Tchivzhel. She has worked with choirs at Simmons College, Emerson College, the University of South Carolina, Northeastern University and Clemson University. For twelve years, she conducted the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Chorale and is a former president of the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association. Her choral conducting experience also includes work at Baptist and Methodist churches in Massachusetts and South Carolina, and in the public schools of Boston and upstate South Carolina. She has worked as a collaborative pianist in Boston, Massachusetts, and throughout South Carolina. She received her doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, her
Shelton Ridge Love grew up in a musical family. His love for music began by watching his mother play the organ at the church where his father served as pastor. It was not long before Shelton was actively involved in the church music ministry. Since that time, he has served as pianist, organist and director of music in several churches in Kansas City, MO, and Upstate South Carolina.
Shelton earned his undergraduate degree in Organ Performance from Bob Jones University studying with Dr. Ed Dunbar. He also studied composition with Dan Forrest, Joan Pinkston and Seth Custer. He owes much of his training to his time spent working as Shelly Hamilton’s assistant at Majesty Music here in Greenville, SC, through which many of his choral, keyboard and orchestral works have been published.
In addition to his duties as Organist at First Baptist Greenville, Shelton works as a composer, arranger and piano instructor. Shelton enjoys being actively engaged in social work in the community, and he performs stand-up comedy as a hobby.
A native of Kansas City, MO, Shelton has lived in Greenville for ten years and currently resides near downtown.
Music and Worship Ministry Assistant
Kimberly Coates has served as the Music
Vocare is the vocal ensemble of youth in grades 6-12. They rehearse on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 before Youth Family activities begin at
Originally from Woodruff, SC, Amy grew up as a member of Woodruff First Baptist Church where her mother was Minister of Music and father was Choir Director. She graduated from Furman University in 1995 with
Upon moving back to Greenville in 2008, Amy joined First Baptist Greenville and became active in the Music Ministry here, serving as Junior Choir Director and singing in the Sanctuary Choir. She is a children’s choir curriculum author and has had music and materials published by Lifeway and Growing in Grace. She also created her own preschool church choir curriculum Sing, Play, Rejoice in God!
Amy is also an accomplished singer and performs with the Greenville Chorale, the Herring Chamber Ensemble and the South Carolina Bach Choir. Amy is the proud mother of Will Bailey, who is also an active musician and church member at First Baptist Greenville.
The six Children’s Choirs range in age from 3 years old to 5th grade. They meet on Wednesday evenings throughout the school year. The Children’s Choirs and the Children’s Missions groups coordinate their schedules and meet between 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. with music following missions at 6:15 p.m. Each choir is named: Angel Choir (
Children’s Choir Coordinator
Priscilla Harris is the coordinator for the Children’s Choirs at First Baptist Greenville. She is a graduate of Furman University with degrees in music and mathematics. She has sung in several choral organizations including the Furman Singers, the Atlanta Choral Society, the Appalachian Chorale, the Greenville Chorale
Bell Tower Ringers
Julie Treu has a long history of playing and directing handbells.
She joined First Baptist in 2016, coming from a local church where she directed five handbell choirs for 18 years. Here at FBG, she assisted with resurrecting the handbell ministry and was both the administrator and a ringer for the first few years until taking over as director in 2019. She also has participated in local handbell ensemble groups such as Carolina Bronze to make sure her “hands keep ringing!”
The Bell Tower Ringers ensemble handbell choir was born in the spring of 2016 and consists of 13-14 ringers, most of whom have many years of ringing experience, but some are without any but have a willingness to learn! New ringers are always welcome to join the sub list, with the anticipation of being first to be asked to permanently join the choir when positions open up. Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings, and the Bell Tower Ringers provide music for Sunday morning worship services throughout the year. Rehearsals are suspended during the summer months.
October 5, 10:30am
Riley Hagan, Bass Guitar (Sanctuary)
October 26, 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Greenville Symphony Orchestra Spotlight Series: Women of Music – ticketed event (Fellowship Hall)
November 22, 7:30pm
SC Bach Choir Concert – ticketed event (Sanctuary)
Pre-Concert Talk, 7:00pm
December 1, 10:30am
Hanging of the Green Service (Sanctuary)
December 6, 7:00pm
Chicora Voices Holiday Concert – ticketed event (Sanctuary)
December 8, 15 and 22, 10:30am
Premiere of Music for Advent by Jim Dant and Shelton Ridge Love (Sanctuary)
December 10, 7:30pm
SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra Concert – free event (Sanctuary)
December 11, 6:00pm
First on Main: Children’s Choirs (NOMA Square)
December 13, 7:00pm
Greenville Gay Men’s Chorus Concert – ticketed event (Fellowship Hall)
December 22, 6:30pm
Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols (Sanctuary)
January 11, 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Greenville Symphony Orchestra Spotlight Series: The Changing Seasons – ticketed event (Fellowship Hall)
February 8, 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Greenville Symphony Orchestra Spotlight Series: Past & Present – ticketed event (Fellowship Hall)
February 16, 10:30am
Valeria Scott, Vocalist (Sanctuary)
Leading in worship on Summer Music Sunday, August 16, will be Kyshona Armstrong, musician and TedX speaker, along with Ryan Madora, bass guitarist. Kyshona will share the message in word and song. Kyshona Armstrong is a musical therapist and solo artist who gives her...
Music has often been called ‘the universal language.’ Music speaks. Prophetic voices have embedded their messages in verses, choruses, rhymes and rhythms throughout the centuries. Musicians like Habakkuk and Isaiah of the Hebrew Scriptures, as well as Bob Dylan, Ani...
July 12, 10:30am, Livestream and Facebook Live On July 12, Pat Terry will collaborate with Jim Dant to craft a worship service of song and scripture, story and prayer. Pat has enjoyed a long, successful career as a singer-songwriter. His career began with the Pat...
Faith is meant to be sung, and hymns are for the singing of it. Some say that hymns are a greater influence on one’s personal theology even than scripture or teaching or preaching or family or friends. With psalms and chants, chorales and canons, spirituals and...
Even though our year was cut short, and we missed our annual Children’s Music and Missions Showcase, we enjoyed a fun fall and winter of children’s music and missions. Our children’s choirs did a wonderful job of leading in worship on several occasions and sharing...
When I first meet someone, inevitably, I am asked, “So, what do you do?” It has taken a long time, but I am finally able to reply, “I do music.” I began regularly playing the piano in my home church when I was thirteen years old, and since then I have worked in church...
February 16, 10:30am The guest soloist for our worship service this Sunday is no stranger to First Baptist Greenville. We first met Valeria (Val) Scott during the Lavender Pen Tour of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. We are...
On Sunday, January 12, 2020, our morning worship service will include a dedication of the new Steinway concert grand piano for our Sanctuary. Dr. Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, will be here as guest artist for the dedicatory piano recital at 3:00pm...
Several Christmases ago, a semi-chaotic crowd of dissimilarly musically trained individuals got together to bring us our inaugural First on Main concert. For weeks, the motley crew of musicians gathered in the Fellowship Hall selecting songs, transposing keys,...
Prayers of Advent is a new piece for choir and chamber orchestra with music by Shelton Ridge Love and text by Jim Dant. Our Sanctuary Choir is preparing this music for three Sunday morning services during Advent: December 8, 15 and 22. We are excited to be the first...
The S.C. Bach Choir and soloists accompanied by the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra will present an Advent concert in our Sanctuary on Friday evening, November 22. According to their website, https://scbach.org, “S.C. Bach, South Carolinas’ Bach Society, is the...
The first two Sundays in August will be summer music services when we are hosting the Furman Singers Alumni Choir on August 4 and guest singer-songwriter Pat Terry on August 11. Jim Dant will be the speaker during both of these services. On August 4, alumni from the...
Summer is here! It’s time to have a little fun… and we want you to join members of the Sanctuary Choir for our summer socials! Each summer, the Sanctuary Choir hosts three “Sing and Sip” Soirées. Because the choir is off from regular rehearsals...
For the past two years, during his junior and senior years at Furman University, Bergsvein Toverud served as the Herring Church Music Intern here at FBG. He also served as a Herring Choral Scholar here during his freshman and sophomore years in college. At...
10:30AM SANCTUARY | 6:00PM FERNWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH DINING ROOM Ryan Madora, bass guitarist, and her husband, singer-songwriter Craig Haller, will provide music in our morning worship service then travel to Fernwood Baptist in Spartanburg for an evening coffeehouse...