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

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…

Flute Performance major Sanuja Goonetilleke

Nisbet Honors student Sanuja Goonetilleke ’17 was accepted to Harvard University’s Ed.M in Arts in Education and University of Cambridge’s MPhil in Arts, Creativity and Education. Harvard and Cambridge are the only schools in the world that offer this particular program. Explore Music Performance 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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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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