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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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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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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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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Photo of Tharanga Goonetilleke

Even as a soon-to-be graduate, Tharanga Goonetilleke ’05 had dreamed of seeing her name up in lights. See how she has achieved that goal —and discovered a unique way to blend music and art in this online feature story in Throongers magazine. Read about the many international stages Tharanga has performed on, her passion for…
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Converse Tower

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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