Marisa Daquil Kawabe Converse golf

Converse administrators have made difficult decisions to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. This includes moving all classes online beginning on March 30, 2020, and continuing through final exams. As a tribute to our Converse athletes whose season was cut short, we are featuring some of our Valkyries seniors in a spotlight…
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Petrie Music Lawson students competition

Converse singers from the School of Music and the Lawson Academy competed at the spring classical music South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions held at Furman University. Three of our students won their respective categories, and five others also qualified to advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regional auditions. Congratulations to all our…
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Twenty Converse students and six faculty from the Petrie School of Music were the featured artists at a music festival, The Festwoche Classiker Musik, in Oppenau, Germany, in the Black Forest area. This was Converse’s third trip to the Festwoche Classiker Musik festival. Over the past three years, Converse music students and faculty have been...
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Professor of Piano Doug Weeks

Dr. Doug Weeks performed the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the Converse Symphony and Festival Chorus conducted by Professor Keith Jones. Dr. Weeks also adjudicated the South Carolina Music Teachers Association Young Artist Piano Competition at Newberry College. He also gave a lecture on Beethoven…
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Aliyah Hancock ’21, Marisa Daquil Kawabe ’20 (Nisbet Honors) and Jhazmin Gomez-Reyes ‘21 (Nisbet Honors) have been invited to join Stanford University’s Innovation Fellows program. This global program empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and design thinking. Only 360 students internationally have been named University Innovation Fellows. Learn more about…
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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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Internships are a critical aspect of the Converse experience. We provide opportunities to engage in exciting internships locally, around the country and even internationally. See where some of our students are interning this summer: Kensley Echols ’20 (German Studies) ⁠— Summit Media Hannah Jumer ’21 (English, German Studies)⁠— Study Breaks Media Nidhi Patel ’20 (Accounting)…
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Group photo of Sorry, Peach

The Converse Creative Music Ensemble Sorry, Peach had more than 14,400 streams of their original song “Solitude.” The song is currently featured on more than 500 playlists. Sorry, Peach is comprised of Tyerra Clayborne ’20, D’Irene Mason ’20, Daylee Pruitt ’22, Kira Saini ’20 and Sara Grace Young ’21. Explore Undergraduate Music programs at Converse……
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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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