MFA anniversary logo

By Monica Jones ‘03 Ten years is a milestone worth celebrating, and Converse College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will be commemorating in fine style on Thursday, June 6, 2019, with two exciting events in two different venues. Kicking off this salute to the MFA program and its graduates’ accomplishments, a reception…
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World music therapy day logo

Associate Professor of Music Therapy Dr. Anita Swanson is passionate about the effect music has on individuals. Music is often called a “universal language” and not only connects people from various walks of life, but it has been proven to heal. Dr. Swanson strives to help future and current music therapists succeed. As part of…
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Backer family at the piano

By Courtney Hammett ‘19  Converse alumna Anna Kathryn Haverty Backer and husband Joe Backer first started their music lessons business during graduate school. The Backer Piano Studio grew to serve more than 60 students before they graduated, and within the two following years, Anna and Joe had laid the groundwork for opening the Cincinnati School…
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For decades, Converse College Life Trustee Kurt Zimmerli and his wife, Nelly, have generously provided leadership and financial support for the arts at Converse College and in the Spartanburg community. Now, it is their moment to finally take center stage as they champion the campaign to renovate a world-class performance hall that is near to…
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TIMELESS -- Pictured: "Timeless" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

By Ella B. Webster ’20 “To me, history is an amazing major to have,” says Shawn Ryan, executive TV producer, to a room full of Converse students over a Skype call. This moment is not one that history professor Dr. Angela Elder had expected when she created her Jan term class, which is centered around...
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A Theatre Converse production is taking students into the Spartanburg community to explore and affect positive change in two key areas that impact older adults: food insecurity and social isolation. The grant-funded initiative will result in a “devised theatre” production, meaning one in which the entire performing ensemble develops the show collaboratively. Using movement, song, recipes,…
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From left: William (Billy) Cribb, Evelyn Cribb Ritchie, and Kenneth (Kenny) Cribb at the inaugural "Dress Up for Dicksie" concert, holding a photo of their mother, Dicksie Brown Cribb

The Friends of the Petrie School of Music, which created a legacy of bringing world-class musicians to the Converse stage 35 years ago, has received a sustaining gift that will provide perpetual support for future generations. The gift honors the late Dicksie Brown Cribb ’46, one of three founding members of the annual concert series…
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Jena Thomas with her artwork at the 701 CCA exhibition

The 701 Center for Contemporary Art awarded Converse professor Jena Thomas the 701 CCA Prize 2018 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Thomas was announced as the winner during the annual prize celebration on November 28 at Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art. She was also a finalist for the award in 2016. “Thomas is…
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Dr. Neval Erturk, center with the InnoVision award, with the family of STARS participants Emily and Alexander Giep
NeedtoBreathe tour manager Dustin Reynolds talks with Converse students

Ah, the glamour of rock ‘n’ roll. The sound! The lights! The screaming crowds! All those songs you scream along with! No experience like it—except when you get to experience some of it up close and behind the scenes. Converse College’s Music Business & Technology Practicum spent most of a Saturday, Oct. 6, and into...
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