The love of music brought together two girls at Converse College’s Lawson Academy of the Arts last week. Emma McDaniel, 16, has taken piano lessons at the academy for eight years. Some in Spartanburg may recognize her from her philanthropic efforts. At age 11, Emma, who is home schooled, began cutting coupons and donating the…
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Converse College and the Upstate community will enjoy a beautiful holiday tradition when the annual student-led Festival of Lessons & Carols is held in Twichell Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. The event is open to the public with free admission. The Festival of Lessons and Carols has become a favorite tradition for…
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Music Travel Stories

Every summer, Petrie School students have opportunities to travel in the US and abroad, thanks to the annual E.T. McLean Study-Travel Scholarship for outstanding music majors. These are a few of their stories...what will be YOUR travel adventure? Kaylee Boalt's Italian Opera Adventure "I was a part of the Tuscia Opera festival and the International...
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Egyptian phenomenon Wael Farouk, who earned not only a Master in Music but also a robust following during his time at Converse College, returns to Spartanburg on Monday, Sept. 22 to open the 2014-2015 season of The Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series. He jumpstarts an exciting lineup that brings world-renowned musicians to the intimate venue…
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Violinist Mallory Hayes’ accomplishments read like those of a more experienced musician. She’s been a regional finalist of the Music Teacher’s National Association competition and winner of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Concerto Competition. Recently, she was named principal second violin with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the youngest person ever to earn a leadership…
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“November 1, 2010…. the day started like any other at that time in my life. However, by 7:50 a.m., my life was changed forever.” The opening words of Converse Opera Theatre director Becky Turner chilled the room of 100 women who gathered for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon in Spartanburg. Turner,…
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Converse and Greenville Health System’s Center for Integrative Oncology & Survivorship are partnering to bring music therapy to the Upstate community. The new program at GHS was awarded funding from a national LIVESTRONG competition. GHS was one of 13 organizations in the U.S. to each be awarded $15,600 grant monies for one year to help…
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Dr. Ani Patel, psychology professor at Tufts University, will present a public lecture and sign his book, Music, Language, and the Brain, on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall as part of a two-day residency at Converse College. The event is free of charge. Patel’s lecture will explore the mental processes…
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Not an “Opera Buff”? This opera production just may be your thing! From crime family rivalry in a 1920’s Speakeasy to the hilarious antics of over-the-top opera auditionee “Wanda Wannabe,” all sung in English, Converse Opera Theatre puts a modern-day twist on classic operas by Purcell and Mozart for its upcoming production. The double-bill of…
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The Friends of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College announce the 31st season of the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series, featuring four concerts by world-renowned musicians. All of the concerts are followed by champagne receptions that offer guests the opportunity to meet and talk with the performers. Season subscriptions are open to the…
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