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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Master of Music Piano Performance grad Wael Farouk

Acclaimed Pianist and Master of Music in Performance alum, Dr. Wael Farouk ’06, has joined the music faculty of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Learn more! Music Performance at Converse Wael Farouk

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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Music major Mary Ann Claud

Author and Converse grad, Mary Ann Claud BA ’59 & MM ’61 began writing professionally in the 1970’s for the Hendersonville Times News. Her writing explores everything from art and music, to travel stories, and personal profiles. Mrs. Claud has seen recent success with novels including The Dancin’ Man, and her latest novel Whirlygig: The…
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Drs. Kelly and Chris Vaneman

Dr. Kelly Vaneman and Dr. Chris Vaneman performed at the 2016 conference of the International Double Reed Society held at Columbus State University in Georgia. Their well-attended performance included their own arrangements of Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and Gershwin’s “Three Preludes.” They also performed “Spooky Does the Bunny Hop,” a duo Dr. Scott Robbins wrote especially…
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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.

Lindsay Brakhage  ‘16 progressed to the semi-finals in the Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition in Lincolnton, North Carolina.  Both Lindsay and Caroline Worthy ‘18 were first place winners in their divisions for the South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in Charleston, South Carolina. Learn more about Music at Converse.

The School of the Arts is undergoing a metamorphosis. Converse had a sneak peek at the transformation in 2014 with the world premier of the multimedia opera-oratorio Troiades, composed by faculty member Dr. David Berry, performed by Converse students, alumni, and friends, and directed by a Converse alumna. The production used a variety of technologies,…
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Converse alumnus Carlisle Floyd was commissioned by the renowned opera house, Houston Grand Opera, to write music and libretto for a new chamber opera. Watch Floyd discuss his creative process behind ‘Prince of Players.’

The following Petrie School of Music students and Lawson Academy students received high scores at the Saturday auditions for South Carolina NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), making them eligible to advance to the Regional NATS Auditions in March: Students of Susan Lyle: Lindsey Brakhage, Winner, Advanced College/Independent Studio Women Caroline Worthy, Winner, 1st…
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