Joe Ed Furr, Texas Normal Singing School
Training church musicians for the a cappella fellowship of Churches of Christ is a ministry that appeals to a unique group of Christians. The demand for this service in our modern world is not significant, so people who work in this field do so because of a love for this work, not because of a profit motive.
Edgar Furr established the first successful singing school near the middle of the 20th century. His work succeeded because he was able to find people who shared his passion for this kind of work. A few men have become singing school teachers without experiencing singing schools as students. But most singing school teachers first attended The Singing School as students and remained with the school to help train others.
We have seventeen teachers, administrators, and coaches on the present staff of the singing school. Only three of these people began their ministry at the original singing school in Sabinal, Texas. Those three men are Joe Ed Furr, James Tackett, and Michael Kersh. Clinton Davis is the only instructor who joined the staff without first being a student of this singing school. All our other workers have attended the ACU Singing School before becoming teachers.
One key ingredient in a successful singing school are staff workers who will continue to work with the school for many years. Six men have worked with the singing school for only a short period of time. Each of those individuals found it impossible to maintain an active status in this kind of work. Ten of our teachers have fairly long tenure with the school. Seven of our staff workers are relatively new, and we hope all of them will be able to continue this kind of work.