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Petrie School of Music

For more than a century, the Petrie School of Music has been a beacon for passionate musicians and a standard-bearer for artistic excellence. A founding member of the National Association of Schools of Music (way back in 1928!) the Petrie School hosts around 200 concerts every year — fully staged operas, a world-class chamber music series, symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, choirs, and dozens of student recitals.

No matter what your musical passion, you’ll find a path to your professional future at Petrie. We offer 11 undergraduate majors, 2 certificate programs, and 6 graduate programs — each with an additional 10 subspecialties! And our artist faculty of specialists plus our student-teacher ratio of 7:1 ensure that your unique gifts and goals will be cultivated by professional mentors of the highest order.

CREATIVITY THAT WORKS

Creativity That Works is our initiative to prepare passionate young artists like you for productive careers in the arts. You’ll hone your craft as well as gaining skills in marketing for the arts, portfolio development and career management. Dr. Chris Vaneman, Head of the Petrie School of Music, said “Students today need a comprehensive understanding of how the arts work together in order to be effective advocates for their programs and their art.” Blending your craft with these inter-disciplinary skills will give you an edge when you go to seek jobs and opportunities in the arts world.

A key element to this initiative is the experiential learning requirement. All SOA students will gain professional experience through their choice of internship, faculty-mentored research projects in arts fields, or other opportunities.

Beyond the Classroom

Music Events

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MAR
23
CONVERSE WIND ENSEMBLE: One Life Beautiful
MAR
26
Faculty Recital: Susan Lyle and Douglas Weeks present "Lieder & Ives"
APR
13
Guest Artist Series: Sandbox Percussion & Mezzo-Soprano, Elspeth Davis
APR
24
St. Lawrence String Quartet: Bonus Concert!
APR
26
Converse Arts on Tap
Hub City Tap House
APR
28
Performing and Visual Arts Scholarship Day
APR
28
Opera Scenes: FIVE GIRLS & A CHORUS
APR
29
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Presents: Grand Finale
MAY
11
PRISM: A Non-Stop Musical Experience
ALL CULTURAL EVENTS