Charles Tompkins, DMA

Charles Tompkins 2020

Charles Tompkins, DMA

Workshop Presenter


Workshop – The Organ Music of Carl Rütti
Convention Hotel
7/10/2020 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM


Charles Boyd Tompkins is University Organist and Professor of Music at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. A member of the Furman faculty since 1986, he teaches organ, harpsichord, music theory and church music courses, and serves as organ accompanist for the Furman Singers and Furman Chamber Choir. Tompkins has presented organ recitals and workshops at universities and churches throughout the United States and has been a featured artist at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the College Music Society, and the Music Teachers National Association.

He has performed abroad in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, and England, including recitals at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and at the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. Reviewers have praised his “brilliant technique and musicianship” (The American Organist) and “fine sense of control (and) flair for instrumental color” (Charleston, West Virginia Gazette). Of his 2011 performance for the National Convention of the Association of Anglican Musicians, reviewer Robert McCormick wrote: “The recital was a feat of technical and musical brilliance…(Dr. Tompkins’) stunning playing had an enthusiastic audience on its feet immediately following the demanding Jongen work (Sonata Eroica).”

Tompkins’ performances have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, and his CD Solemnity and Joy was released on the Pro Organo label. An active church musician throughout his career, Tompkins is currently Associate Organist and Artist in Residence for Christ Church (Episcopal) in Greenville, SC.