Dr. Foy with Tim Scott

Dr. Patti Foy traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent the South Carolina Music Educators Association at the Leadership Assembly of the National Association for Music Education. She visited the offices of Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott as well as the office of Congressman William Timmons to advocate for federal legislation supporting music education in…
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Artist Caroline Shaw with Converse music students

Voice teacher Wendy Arms, along with students Lili Campbell ’21, Ariana Holloway ‘22, Ahdi Horton ‘22, Tisha Kosmas ’22 and Shiyi Zhong ’20, had the opportunity to chat with vocalist Caroline Shaw, part of the Grammy Award-winning group Roomful of Teeth. Caroline Shaw is the youngest person to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for Music…
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lalama midwest clinic

Dr. Susana Lalama presented at Miami Arts Day at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Her presentation was titled Repertoire Selection for the Growing Band Program. Dr. Lalama also presented at the Midwest Clinic, International Band and Orchestra Conference held in Chicago, Illinois. Her topic was Developing Quality Breathing: Incorporating Lung Trainers into Band Rehearsals….
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SCMEA Conference

Jennifer Carney ’17 was accepted to present her master’s thesis research on Women Band Directors of South Carolina at the South Carolina Music Educators Professional Development Conference Poster Session. Explore the Master of Music at Converse…

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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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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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.

GLOW poster featuring Alumnae Stacey Gaskin ’14 and Brandon Graves ’15

Alumnae Stacey Gaskin ’14 and Brandon Graves ’15 are gearing up for a busy and emotional July with GLOW Lyric Theatre. GLOW is South Carolina’s only professional opera, operetta and musical theatre company. Stacey (BA in Theatre) and Brandon (M.M. Music Education) are Artists-in-Residence with GLOW for their 2016 summer festival season. “Stacey and Brandon…
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