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Three Converse students earned grants from South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) allowing them to conduct original research in the fields of music performance, biochemistry, and mathematics. They also had the opportunity to present their findings at the annual SCICU Research Symposium. Congratulations to the 2018-19 SCICU researchers: Zoe Kushubar ’20 (Nisbet Honors) and Professor…
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SCICU Logo

Congratulations to Drs. Hawk, Reichwald and Brown and Nisbet Honors students Isabel Fangman ’21, Zoe Kushubar ’20, and Hayley Cromer ’20. They received funding for their undergraduate research proposals from the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU) 2019 Student /Faculty Research program. Learn More! Nisbet Honors Program Research at Converse

Students process for Founder's Day

Our 2019 graduating class boats an impressive lineup of potential employers from local businesses including Cleveland Leadership Academy and Glow Lyric Theatre, all the way to Nashville, TN at Ford Motor Credit and TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. See where some of our 2019 grads have received job offers from: Alexis Turner – Ford Motor Credit…
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Screenshot of article about Marian Gotko Dampier ’57

Marian Gotko Dampier ’57 was recently featured in Houston County Living magazine. After more than 30 years in teaching, Marian continues to inspire others through her piano and voice lessons. She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a minor in Voice from Converse. Read the story here… Learn More! Music Education Music…
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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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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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Artist Caroline Shaw with Converse music students

Voice teacher Wendy Arms, along with students Lili Campbell ’21, Ariana Holloway ‘22, Ahdi Horton ‘22, Tisha Kosmas ’22 and Shiyi Zhong ’20, had the opportunity to chat with vocalist Caroline Shaw, part of the Grammy Award-winning group Roomful of Teeth. Caroline Shaw is the youngest person to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for Music…
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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

Steinway Artist Douglas Weeks Babcock Professor of piano

Steinway Artist Dr. Doug Weeks recently presented piano masterclasses for college and high school students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and for students at the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities. Learn More! Doug Weeks Music at Converse

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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