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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Patti Foy

Dr. Patti Foy received a grant from the South Carolina Department of Education to fund the Summer 2017 Music Technology Institute for South Carolina public school music teachers. Her running total in grants for the institute now stands at nearly $700,000.  Earlier this year she served on a visiting accreditation team at an institution in…
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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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Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. The School of the Arts at Converse College is creating a powerful new season of works for 2016-2017 that will amaze. “Our students and faculty are expanding the boundaries of performance and exhibition,” observes Boone Hopkins, dean of the School of the Arts, “and we want our community to be there for…
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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.

Dr. Susana Lalama was selected to present at the National Association for Music Education National Research Biennial Conference in March 2016. Two studies were presented, ‘Caring Climate in High School Bands’, and ‘Reflections on Becoming Music Teachers.’ Dr. Lalama was also selected to present at the International Society for Music Education her newest study on ‘Caring Climates…
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Patti Foy

Dr. Patti Foy, Professor of Music Education, participated as a panelist and mentor in Girls for STEAM’s “Girls Who Rock” day, a multimedia celebration of women trailblazers held at the Chapman Cultural Center.