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 (
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.
Friday, October 28, 7:00pm
Shelton Ridge Love in Organ Recital (Sanctuary)
Sunday, December 4, 10:30am
Sanctuary Choir and Chamber Orchestra Present Selections from Handel’s Messiah (Sanctuary)
Friday, December 9, 7:00pm
Greenville Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert (Sanctuary)
Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols (Sanctuary)
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 10:30am
Sanctuary Choir and Chamber Orchestra Present Service of Hope and Healing (Sanctuary)
The Bell Tower Ringers are seeking a few more musically inclined people to join them for the 2022 Fall Season. If you can read music, you are qualified, and we’d love to have you join us. It’s really fun and offers a great way to enrich the musical life of the church....
One of my favorite things is hearing our congregation and choir singing together in our Sanctuary. Whether it is a festive, joyful hymn or a lyrical prayer song, it is uplifting. In her book Imperfect Harmony—Finding Happiness Singing with Others, Stacy Horn writes...
We are so excited to welcome our children and youth back to choirs this fall! Each Wednesday, preschoolers, ages 3-5, and children in first-fifth grade can join together to sing, play instruments, and participate in mission activities. The Wednesday night children’s...
I am especially thankful for the musicians sharing their gifts with us in our worship services this summer. As I write this, I’m thinking of some of our recent soloists: Tyrese Byrd singing, “I am seeking for a city into the Kingdom, Hallelujah;” Sara Kathryn Coates...
We are excited to offer our first annual Music Camp: Sing, Play, Rejoice! There are plenty of spots available and we have now opened camp to include children who have completed first through fifth grades! August 1-4, children who have completed grade 1-5 can...
During the combined Sunday School time on Sunday morning, June 12, we will be “singing our story”—sharing different aspects of our Music Ministry. In Walter Brueggemann’s life and work, he mentions three antidotes to despair in regular practices of disciplines in our...
We are so excited to offer our first annual Music Camp this summer: Sing, Play, Rejoice! Our music camp is happening in memory of Jane Stelling who loved making music with both children and youth, working with both in our congregation and community. A fund in her...
We are honored to host alumni from the Furman University Concert Choir Reunion under the direction of Dr. Milburn Price in our Sunday morning worship service on May 22. The Furman Concert Choir was organized in 1960 as a small, auditioned group that sang choral music...
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,...
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...
AUGUST 11 | 10:30AM SANCTUARY (LUNCH CONCERT TO FOLLOW)/ 6:00PM FERNWOOD BAPTIST PAT TERRY Pat Terry will be our guest for Summer Music Sunday, singing during morning worship and giving a lunch concert. Then he will go to Fernwood Baptist for an evening coffeehouse...