THE GUEST ARTIST SERIES
The Guest Artist Series at the Petrie School of Music is geared towards creating an outlet for students to regularly interact with a network of professional visiting artists who have successfully navigated their way through the music business world. The series provides concerts and master classes where students can learn proper technique with their applied instruments, networking skills, and gain advice on topics ranging from procuring agents for management to recommended Young Artist Programs to attend. Concert admission is free, and all concerts are open to the Spartanburg/Greenville community.
Events in This Series
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About the Guest Artist Series
The Guest Artist Series is an annual series of free-admission concerts and educational events open to Petrie School students and the public. Designed to enhance the other offerings of the Petrie School—the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series, ensemble concerts, faculty recitals, student recitals, and the Lawson Series—the Guest Artist Series frequently features alumni and others with local connections to Spartanburg.
Past concerts include brilliant performances by pianist Sandra Shen, the New Baroque Chamber Players and their Viva Vivaldi! program, alumna Ericka Tyner and her all-woman brass trio Bell(e) Collective, lyric soprano Heather Engebretson, and the hilariously funny cello-bass duo Low & Lower. The Guest Artist Series has also featured a variety of musical presentations, including a fascinating study of “Music, Language, and the Brain” by leading cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Aniruddh Patel and a masterclass for Converse and area students by renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.
We gratefully acknowledge the following for support of the Guest Artist Series: The Elizabeth Woodward Cornelson, Class of 1927 and George H. Cornelson III Endowment, the Charles A Dana Foundation Guest Artist Series Endowment, and the Elizabeth Jennings Caughman Music Performance Endowment.