Professor of Piano Doug Weeks

Dr. Doug Weeks presented a lecture and demonstration at the Texas Music Teachers Association State Conference in Dallas, Texas. Titled “Debussy Preludes Bk. 2: Creating the Illusion of Orchestral Color,” the lecture focused on the use of the sostenuto pedal to create contrasting articulation planes. Learn More! Dr. Doug Weeks Music at Converse

Petrie Winds

The Petrie Winds, Chris Vaneman, Kelly Vaneman, Karen Hill, Frank Watson, and Anneka Zuehlke, performed a faculty recital entitled Kaleidoscope, a collaboration of new, exciting works for winds. The Petrie Winds also performed at the Tryon Concert Association’s TGIF series. Explore Music at Converse…

Valerie Macphail

Dr. Valerie MacPhail provided a poster presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference this spring.  This is the first time that academic presentations by NATS members have been offered at this Regional meeting. Dr. MacPhail’s topic was “Bringing New Life to Recital Programming: Themed Recitals.” Learn more about Dr. MacPhail…

Professor of Musicology and Composition Scott Robbins

Dr. Scott Robbins had a very busy spring. He presented an expanded, hour-long version of his paper “’Long Time, Waiting to Hear the Sound’—Progressive-Rock Compositions as Pathways to Advanced Topics in Rhythm and Meter,” at the Society of Composers Region VI Conference at the University of Texas. Ballet Spartanburg featured choreography to several of his…
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Converse Music major Meghan Speed

Nisbet Honors student Meghan Speed ’17 was accepted to the University of Oklahoma and awarded a full tuition assistantship in the Master of Music Education program for Piano Pedagogy. Learn more about Music at Converse…  

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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Grace Frazor and Brandi Icard

Fort Worth, Texas, is a long way from Spartanburg, but Converse is so close to Brandi Icard’s heart that she recruited a student there to find her voice at Converse, too. Icard earned her master’s in music from Converse in 2004 before moving to Texas, where she taught high school and performed with the Fort…
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Caroline Bosworth, Sharalynn Hicks, and Abigail Parrish

Four of Dr. Valerie MacPhail’s voice students advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS competition after receiving honors at the SC State auditions last month. Instructor of Piano, Sharalynn Hicks, was the accompanist for the Converse voice students competing, including Shannon Ferguson ’19 and Anna Neely ’20. Abigail Parrish ’20 (Nisbet Honors) placed 3rd in her…
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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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Dr. Kelly Vaneman

At Opening Convocation, the keynote speaker and Kathryn Amelia Brown Teaching Award recipient did something...unexpected. She walked right past the podium and across the stage. She gestured for everyone to stand. Without saying a single word, she ordered different groups of people to stomp, clap, or snap along to a beat. (function(d, s, id) {...
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