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.

Petrie School of Music students Jennifer Carney ‘17, Katerina Canter ‘17, Bridget Brennan ‘17 and alumna Laurie Peebles ‘10 performed at the 2016 SC Intercollegiate Honor Band at Winthrop University. Learn more about Petrie School of Music.

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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Composers from across the Southeast will gather at Converse College on Feb. 26 – 28 to explore and share new music during the 2015 Southeastern Composers League Annual Forum. Dr. Scott Robbins and Dr. David Berry, resident composers of the Petrie School of Music, will host the event, which is a partnership between the Composers League and…
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The Spartanburg Music Trail expands again when signage honoring David Daniels and Carlos DuPré Moseley is unveiled in a ceremony along St. John Street just west of The George Dean Johnson School of Business Tuesday, March 3, at noon. The public is invited, and David Daniels will be in attendance. “Carlos Moseley and David Daniels…
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A School of the Arts collaboration is pushing the limits of “traditional opera” through the use of innovative technologies. Converse musicology and composition professor Dr. David Berry, an accomplished composer, and co-creator Dr. Ronald Boudreaux, former director of Converse Opera Theatre, will premiere their opera-oratorio “Troiades” at Converse Jan. 23-25, 2015. For info and tickets,…
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The love of music brought together two girls at Converse College’s Lawson Academy of the Arts last week. Emma McDaniel, 16, has taken piano lessons at the academy for eight years. Some in Spartanburg may recognize her from her philanthropic efforts. At age 11, Emma, who is home schooled, began cutting coupons and donating the…
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