Rhonda Furr, DMA

Rhonda Furr

Contact:

Office Address: Brown 141
Phone: (281) 649-3272

rfurr@hbu.edu
Professor in Music

Education

  • BSEd in Music, Western Carolina University
  • MMEd, Western Carolina University
  • DMA, Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY

Courses Taught

Musicology
  • Music Literature I and II
  • Music History I and II
  • Senior Seminars in Composer Studies: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Copland
  • American Popular Music
  • Symphonic Literature
  • Instrumental Literature
  • Music Appreciation
  • Culture and the Arts (taught in Europe and at HBU)

Organ
  • Applied Organ
  • Organ Construction/Design
  • Organ Literature
  • Organ Pedagogy
  • Service Playing

Church Music 
  • Christian Worship and Music
  • Congregational Song
  • The Church Musician and the Organ
  • Choral Literature
  • Foundations of Music Ministry
  • Church Music Leadership
  • Supervisor of Internship in Church Music

Teaching Focus

Dr. Furr teaches all of the courses in musicology and organ.  She has also taught courses in Church Music and led cultural arts tours in Europe.

Publications

Dr. Furr is a contributing author to Jubilate, Amen! A Festschrift in Honor of Donald Paul Hustad, and wrote both the biographical and bibliographic chapters on Hustad.  She has published articles in The Hymn and The American Organist, written several organ compositions and completed research in the area of church music.

Additional Information

While at HBU, Dr. Furr has served on dozens of committees. She has been Faculty Sponsor for the woman's Christian organization, Sigma Phi Lambda, since its inception on campus in 1999. As University Organist, she has offered music at graduations, convocations and choral concerts.  Dr. Furr was the founder/editor of HBUpbeat, a Newsletter for Music Alumni.  She initiated the formation of the HBU Retirees’ Association and served as University Liaison for this organization. 

Dr. Furr was the university consultant for the Smith Organ in Belin Chapel, responsible for the oversight of a 1.5 million dollar gift.  She worked closely with Letourneau’s Artist Director, Andrew Forrest, and external consultant John Gearhart to design the Smith Organ for wide-ranging use in performance, worship, and instruction.  Dr. Furr was the person primarily responsible for pipe specification and console design that affect the instrument’s range of sounds, functionality, and repertoire versatility. 

Selected as the 2009-2010 HBU Piper Professor Nominee from HBU, Dr. Furr has been recognized for her outstanding teaching.  Other awards include the 2002 Woman of the Year, the 1995 Opal Goolsby Teaching Excellence Award, the 1993 Faculty Woman of the Year, and the 1995 Leadership Award for the Houston Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, the International Music Fraternity for Women.

Dr. Furr is the Convention Coordinator for the American Guild of Organist's National Convention to be held in Houston in 2016. This leadership position involves supervising 17 committees composed of organists, ministers of music and other professionals from the Houston area. She is also a former Dean of the Houston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has worked as an organ consultant on instruments in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Texas.  

She currently serves as organist at First Presbyterian Church of Houston, a position she has held since 2004. Dr. Furr also previously held the position of organist at Grace Presbyterian Church, Houston’s First United Methodist Church and Willow Meadows Baptist Church. She is active as a recitalist, clinician, speaker and composer of hymn-based works for organ.