Dr. Valerie MacPhail served as the director and co-founder of the first Hub City Vocal Institute at Converse, with colleagues Becky Turner and Mildred Roche, and with Resident Artist Dr. Arlene Shrut. They offered lessons, masterclasses, topical class sessions and performance opportunities for singers ranging in age from high school through post-masters degree.
Dr. MacPhail also served as the voice teacher and vocal ensemble director at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville for their two-week academy program for rising 10th graders from throughout the state. Valerie taught 12 students twice-weekly lessons, held a daily voice seminar, and conducted daily vocal ensemble rehearsals as well as the final concert performance. “It was a great experience to get to work with those enthusiastic and talented young people,” Dr. MacPhail said. “I was very proud of how much they accomplished in that short period of time.”