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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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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Composer Mason Berry and faculty member Dr. David Berry

Dr. David Berry played a hand in the success of composer, artistic director and DJ, Mason Bates. Named ‘Composer of the Year’ in 2018 by Musical America, Bates got his foundation in music as a student of Dr. Berry at Brevard Music Center. Today, Bates is the most-performed composer of his generation and the first…
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Turning passion into a profession

On a chilly evening in December, students from the School of the Arts (SOA) were heating up the live music scene in Spartanburg. With an eclectic set list including violin sonatas, Beatles covers, and quirky choreography set to Rodgers & Hammerstein lyrics, the show was enthusiastically received by its Converse audience – along with many…
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Blue Ridge Mountains

Dr. Scott Robbins’ composition, “Blue Ridge A Cappella” has been selected as a finalist for the American Prize in Music in vocal chamber music composition. The composition is a setting of Professor Rick Mulkey’s poem trilogy of the same name. Professor Mulkey’s poems were motivated by incidents in 1930’s rural Virginia when some residents were…
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Professor of Piano Doug Weeks

Dr. Doug Weeks presented a lecture and demonstration at the Texas Music Teachers Association State Conference in Dallas, Texas. Titled “Debussy Preludes Bk. 2: Creating the Illusion of Orchestral Color,” the lecture focused on the use of the sostenuto pedal to create contrasting articulation planes. Learn More! Dr. Doug Weeks Music at Converse

Professor of Musicology and Composition Scott Robbins

Dr. Scott Robbins had a very busy spring. He presented an expanded, hour-long version of his paper “’Long Time, Waiting to Hear the Sound’—Progressive-Rock Compositions as Pathways to Advanced Topics in Rhythm and Meter,” at the Society of Composers Region VI Conference at the University of Texas. Ballet Spartanburg featured choreography to several of his…
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Converse Music major Meghan Speed

Nisbet Honors student Meghan Speed ’17 was accepted to the University of Oklahoma and awarded a full tuition assistantship in the Master of Music Education program for Piano Pedagogy. Learn more about Music at Converse…  

Dr. Kelly Vaneman

At Opening Convocation, the keynote speaker and Kathryn Amelia Brown Teaching Award recipient did something...unexpected. She walked right past the podium and across the stage. She gestured for everyone to stand. Without saying a single word, she ordered different groups of people to stomp, clap, or snap along to a beat. A Keynote Without WordsDr....
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Scott Robbins Composition Tuladandasana

Dr. Scott Robbins’s “Tuladandasana: A Stereophonic Sextet for Cellos,” which was commissioned for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra cellists, received its premiere at the SPO’s “Cello Macchiato” concert. You can listen to Dr. Robbins’s compositions on his website. Dr. Robbins told the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra he named the work Tuladandasana based on a yoga pose that…
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