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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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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Drs. Kelly and Chris Vaneman

Dr. Kelly Vaneman and Dr. Chris Vaneman performed at the 2016 conference of the International Double Reed Society held at Columbus State University in Georgia. Their well-attended performance included their own arrangements of Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and Gershwin’s “Three Preludes.” They also performed “Spooky Does the Bunny Hop,” a duo Dr. Scott Robbins wrote especially…
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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.

Scott Robbins’ composition, “Here, Where the Lens is Wide,” was premiered by Cello Times Two at the Treefalls New Music benefit for GlobalBike. The South Dakota-based Rawlins Trio recently performed his “Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano” during a series of recent concerts. Pianist, Linda Holzer, continues to perform his work, “Ritual Meditations,” most recently in…
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The School of the Arts is undergoing a metamorphosis. Converse had a sneak peek at the transformation in 2014 with the world premier of the multimedia opera-oratorio Troiades, composed by faculty member Dr. David Berry, performed by Converse students, alumni, and friends, and directed by a Converse alumna. The production used a variety of technologies,…
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Converse alumnus Carlisle Floyd was commissioned by the renowned opera house, Houston Grand Opera, to write music and libretto for a new chamber opera. Watch Floyd discuss his creative process behind ‘Prince of Players.’

Dr. David Berry and visiting scholar Don Scott have been invited to present a poster titled “Some EEG patterns occur in common across genres of music” at the biennial international conference hosted by the Society for Music Perception and Cognition at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. This research comes from Converse’s Arts and Cognition EEG…
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Dr. Scott Robbins’ “Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano” was performed by the Rawlins Piano Trio at the College Music Society’s Great Plains Regional Conference in Vermillion, SD.  At the same conference, Dr. Robbins presented his paper on using progressive rock to teach advanced topics in rhythm and meter.

Kiya Heartwood ’10 was accepted into the masters program in composition at Westminster Choir College. Her musical, Lying to the Sea Gypsy, premiered in Philadelphia.