Hugh Ferguson Floyd is Professor of Music at Furman University and director of the renowned Furman Singers. He has the honor to be the first recipient of the Bingham L. Vick, Jr. and Judith S. Vick Professorship in Music. Prior to his appointment at Furman, Dr. Floyd served as the Director of Choral Studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He also served as Director of Choral Activities and voice instructor at the famed Interlochen Center for the Arts, and a guest lecturer at the Eastman School of Music, and Yale University. In 2010, he was named Artistic Director for the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies.
Prior to his appointment at Furman, Dr. Floyd served as the Director of Choral Studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College. At Oberlin, Dr. Floyd conducted the Oberlin College Choir, the Oberlin College Singers, the Oberlin Musical Union, and, in rotation, the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. The Oberlin College Choir performed regularly with the Cleveland Orchestra, sang for the American Choral Directors Association Convention and with the renowned Kronos Quartet. Dr. Floyd was also chorus master for the Oberlin Opera Theater.
Dr. Floyd frequently serves as a guest conductor and clinician and has conducted All-State choirs in Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, and both North and South Carolina as well as regional honors choirs around the country. He has been a choral clinician for Festival Disney at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida since its inception in 2005.
At home with orchestral conducting, he was chorus master for the Akron Symphony, conducting Messiah, Christmas Pops, and Carmina Burana. He was conducting assistant with the Charlotte (North Carolina) Symphony and director of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, chorus master for the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Symphony, and chorus master and conductor in residence at the Brevard Music Center. He has prepared choirs for such eminent conductors as Robert Shaw Margaret Hillis, Robert Page, Franz Welser Möst, and Robert Spano.
Dr. Floyd is a graduate of Furman University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan.