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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2019-2020 School of the Arts preview

Live performance thrills the soul and connects our community, but did you know it could help you live longer? Recent research from the California Institute of Technology finds that social isolation and small screen use can cause a build-up of deadly toxins in the brain. But, have no fear, the School of the Arts at…
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Photo of Converse student teaching origami

Some say teaching is an art. A handful of Converse arts professors say teaching art comes naturally to artists, anyway. So they created—then won— one of Converse’s highly competitive Creativity, Community, and Cultural Enrichment (C3) grants for an outreach program that lets Converse arts students teach underserved elementary schoolchildren. “As I was looking at area…
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From left: William (Billy) Cribb, Evelyn Cribb Ritchie, and Kenneth (Kenny) Cribb at the inaugural "Dress Up for Dicksie" concert, holding a photo of their mother, Dicksie Brown Cribb

The Friends of the Petrie School of Music, which created a legacy of bringing world-class musicians to the Converse stage 35 years ago, has received a sustaining gift that will provide perpetual support for future generations. The gift honors the late Dicksie Brown Cribb ’46, one of three founding members of the annual concert series…
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Promo for National Congress of Philosophy in Misic

Professor Siegwart Reichwald presented “Created in Their Own Image: Arrangements and Performances of Piazzolla’s ‘Verano Porteño’” at the International Congress, “North-South Interchanges: Collaborations, Tensions, Hybridizations” at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He gave a “lightning talk” at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, entitled “Mendelssohn and the…
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NeedtoBreathe tour manager Dustin Reynolds talks with Converse students

Ah, the glamour of rock ‘n’ roll. The sound! The lights! The screaming crowds! All those songs you scream along with! No experience like it—except when you get to experience some of it up close and behind the scenes. Converse College’s Music Business & Technology Practicum spent most of a Saturday, Oct. 6, and into…
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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

Little kids rock logo

Dr. Patti Foy and Dr. Susie Lalama are among the first university professors in the United States to be selected as Modern Band Fellows. Modern Band Fellows is a music program associated with ‘Little Kids Rock’ Foundation. This innovative program teaches kids to perform, improvise and compose using the popular styles that they are familiar with  including rock, pop, reggae, hip hop, R &…
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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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Converse Opera Theatre director Jenna Tamisiea Elser

Jenna Tamisiea Elser, Director of Converse Opera Theatre, had her article published in the national LGBTQ Magazine, Spectrum South. In the article, Jenna describes the process of producing a piece of Queer Opera entitled Love is Love is Love, with her company Glow Lyric Theatre. Love is Love is Love featured the first transgender actors…
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