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

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…  

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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Scott Robbins Composition Tuladandasana

Dr. Scott Robbins’s “Tuladandasana: A Stereophonic Sextet for Cellos,” which was commissioned for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra cellists, received its premiere at the SPO’s “Cello Macchiato” concert. You can listen to Dr. Robbins’s compositions on his website. Dr. Robbins told the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra he named the work Tuladandasana based on a yoga pose that…
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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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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.

Scott Robbins’ composition, “Here, Where the Lens is Wide,” was premiered by Cello Times Two at the Treefalls New Music benefit for GlobalBike. The South Dakota-based Rawlins Trio recently performed his “Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano” during a series of recent concerts. Pianist, Linda Holzer, continues to perform his work, “Ritual Meditations,” most recently in…
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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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