Music therapy majors volunteer with nursing home choir

Associate Professor of Music Therapy Dr. Carol Shultis joined music therapy students Daisy Myers ‘20, Hembree Poindexter ’20 and Maddie Satterfield ’20 for a concert at Mountainview Nursing Home in Spartanburg. The residents make up a choir of approximately 25. They have been practicing with Daisy Myers ‘20 and Dr. Carol Shultis since last fall…
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Audrey Hamilton ’20, Victoria Heyworth ’20 and Abigail Rutherford ’20 (Nisbet Honors) attended the annual conference of the American Music Therapy Association in Minneapolis. They had the opportunity to meet folk singer and violinist Gaelynn Lea, winner of the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. The students attended various conference sessions, music-making gatherings and association business meetings….
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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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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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Music Therapy students and faculty at the national conference

Dr. Shultis and Dr. Swanson joined Music Therapy students Abigail Parrish ’20, Katie Long ’20, Abigail Rutherford ’19, Lauren Ruopoli ’19, Daisy Myers ’20, Hembree Poindexter ’20 and Katherine Bobbett ’19 at the National American Music Therapy Association Conference in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Shultis and colleague Karen Jasko taught a continuing education workshop, “Songwriting: Enhancing…
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Abney Scholars Converse College

The Abney Foundation has established scholarship endowments at fourteen colleges and universities across the state of South Carolina. Converse College is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of Abney Foundation Scholarships: Morgan Bell ‘20 Hannah Blanton ‘19 An Mei Li Campbell ‘21 Mary Caudell ‘22 Hayley Cromer ‘19 Kensley Echols ‘20 Kelly Ferguson ‘20 Kathryn…
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American Music Therapy Association logo

Dr. Carol Shultis presented a continuing education program at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association conference in Pittsburgh. Entitled “Creative Approaches to Dementia Care,” the session explored the work of Naomi Feil and offered guidelines for using music to enhance the quality of life for older adults. Learn More! Music Therapy…
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Music therapy students in class

Katie Long ’18, Emma Treveiler ’18 and Bridget Brennan ’18 are working in hospice organizations as music therapists. Macayla Raney ’17 is working as a music therapist with Harmony Garden Music Therapy in Jackson, Michigan. Explore Music Therapy at Converse…

Blackman Hall with rose garden in forefront

Lechetze “Cicee” Lewis ’14 received a scholarship to Elon School of Law. Theatre grad Lauren Miller ‘15 completed her MFA thesis in Theatre Pedagogy at Texas Tech University. Biology grad Ashley Gutierrez-Finn ’15 was accepted into the Air Force Physician Assistant commissioning program. Maya James ’14 (Nisbet Honors) is attending Charleston Southern University Physician’s Assistant Program….
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Dr. Elizabeth York and Dr. Carol Shultis were instrumental in our Music Therapy Program receiving re-approval from the American Music Therapy Association. Approval was granted for a ten-year term in conjunction with reaccreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music. Explore Music Therapy at Converse…