Professor of Music Education Susan Lalama

Dr. Susana Lalama was elected president-elect of the Higher Education Division for the South Carolina Music Educators Association. The position is a six-year term in which the first two years she will serve as president-elect, followed by two years as president, and immediately followed by two years as past-president. This spring, Dr. Lalama was the featured…
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bach in the subways

In honor of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 332nd birthday, musicians worldwide shared his legendary music by performing in subways, public spaces and concerts. The Petrie School of Music joined the ‘Bach in the Subways’ 2017 movement in Spartanburg with student performances at Hub City Bookshop, Cleveland Park and the Hub City Tap House. Sarah Johnson, Associate…
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On November 5,  the Petrie School of Music and the Spartanburg Festival Chorus welcomed the celebrated German choral conductor Thomas Strauss with his group the Ortenau Bach Choir, the Las Vegas Brass, and German Bass soloist Clemens Morgenthaler, to join Converse faculty and students in presenting J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Completed in…
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President Newkirk leads the processional through Johnson Plaza

President Newkirk officially opened the 2016-2017 academic year by giving her first address to her new Converse family during Opening Convocation on Sept. 23. Student Government Association president Ariel Wingard also livened up the crowd with a spirited challenge issued to her fellow students: "Valkyries, we must find our heat and RISE." The ceremony was...
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The Rainey Family

Breathing new life into historic materials from Spartanburg’s textile mill heritage, the new Rainey Amphitheater at Converse College was dedicated during a celebration held Friday, June 24th. Building materials for the project came from Clifton Manufacturing Company No. 2 Mill, which was built in 1888 by Converse founder Dexter Edgar Converse and dismantled in 2013.

GLOW poster featuring Alumnae Stacey Gaskin ’14 and Brandon Graves ’15

Alumnae Stacey Gaskin ’14 and Brandon Graves ’15 are gearing up for a busy and emotional July with GLOW Lyric Theatre. GLOW is South Carolina’s only professional opera, operetta and musical theatre company. Stacey (BA in Theatre) and Brandon (M.M. Music Education) are Artists-in-Residence with GLOW for their 2016 summer festival season. “Stacey and Brandon…
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Brandon Graves presented his research at the South Carolina Music Educators’ Association conference. His research poster was a literature review titled Perceptions of Students with Special Needs within the Music Classroom. He has been invited to do a presentation at the 2015 conference of the National Association for Music Education, in Nashville. The title of…
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Vocal performance major Xela Pinkerton BM ’08, MM ’13 was recently featured as a Guest Artist in the Endless Possibilities Concert with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in Charlotte, NC.

Henry Janie

As Converse College’s Petrie School of Music prepared to celebrate its centennial in 2010, Henry Janiec reflected on his 42 years as a faculty member, including 27 years as its dean. “When I die, they can put on my tombstone ‘at least he can keep a job,’” Janiec told the Herald-Journal at the time. In…
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“In the School of the Arts we have a fun motto: We’ll sell you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge,” says Dr. Boone Hopkins, who stepped into his new role as dean of the School of the Arts this fall. But most of the nearly 200 arts and cultural events that await…
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