David-Kiser music performance masters degree

Masters of Music in Piano Performance graduate, David Kiser ’15, was named the winner of the first Pat Conroy Literacy Center Writer’s Residency Award. He was chosen from more than 60 writers who applied from across the country. The Pat Conroy Literary Center cultivates a passionate and inclusive reading and writing community in honor of…
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Master of Music student Sherami Harris

Sherami Harris won the Encouragement Award at the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council – South Carolina District Auditions. Sherami is a current candidate for a Master of Music at Converse College under the direction of Rebecca Turner. Ms. Harris has most recently appeared as Abigail Adams and Thomas McKean in 1776 with Converse Musical Theatre….
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Drs. Chris and Kelly Vaneman as Ensemble Radieuse, performed in recital as a part of the Charleston, West Virginia Chamber Music Society in June. Included in the program was Scott Robbins’ duo for flute and oboe, Spooky Does the Bunnyhop. Dr. Kelly Vaneman performed at the 2019 Conference of the International Alliance for Women in…
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Lindsey the Lion book cover

Lindsey Brakhage recently wrote a children’s book to help fundraise her opportunity to sing in Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte in Berlin, Germany this summer. Her book, Lindsey the Lion, is about a little girl with fiery red hair that has one big problem: her voice. Whenever she speaks, her voice is so loud that glass…
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Portrait of Amy Deal photographed by Carol Smith

Amy Fierova Deal ’06 was featured in a recent article about her work with adults, seniors and retirees who want to learn to play piano. Explore Piano Performance programs at Converse… Photo Credit: Carol Smith for Southern Maryland Newspapers Online

Vocal performance grad Lindsey Brakhage

Lindsey Brakhage ’16 made her debut at Carnegie Hall this past summer with the Manhattan Opera Studio in New York. She earned a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance here at Converse studying under the direction of Dr. Susan Lyle. Lindsey currently works as the Executive director of the Carlos Moseley Series at Converse…
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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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Master of Music Piano Performance grad Wael Farouk

Acclaimed Pianist and Master of Music in Performance alum, Dr. Wael Farouk ’06, has joined the music faculty of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Learn more! Music Performance at Converse Wael Farouk

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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