January Vocal Shows at the Peace Center


Start the month off with a recital from acclaimed mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught. Experience a range of choir pieces from medieval chanting to recent hits with New York Polyphony. Then, end the month with contemporary a cappella and beatboxing in GOBSMACKED!

Free master class opportunities to observe area students work with visiting artists are available for select performances.

To get $15 student tickets or learn more about master classes, please contact us.

Tara Erraught: In Recital
January 12 at 7 PM • Gunter Theatre | $45
Free Master Class on January 11 at 5 PM
Acclaimed for her rich voice, expansive range, and dynamic stage presence, Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught enjoys an ever-growing international career and a wide operatic repertoire.

New York Polyphony
January 20 at 8 PM • Gunter Theatre | $45
Free Master Class on January 20 at 3 PM
“Singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure” (The New Yorker), two-time Grammy® nominated New York Polyphony gives vibrant, modern voice to repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to cutting-edge compositions.

January 22 at 7:30 PM • Peace Concert Hall | $15-$35
Featuring reigning world-champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of world-class vocalists,GOBSMACKED! weaves through all forms of a cappella, from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting edge, multi-track live looping.

864.467.3032  •  groups@peacecenter.org

7 Things You’ll be Judged on During College Music Auditions

College professors will gather as much information about prospective students as possible to determine if the student will be a good fit for their program. For students, the college audition process can be a scary endeavor with a lot of unknowns. The following areas of consideration are designed to help you better understand the audition process more fully and are presented in no particular order:

Finding the Perfect Flute at the Perfect Price

Have you ever tried to saw wood with a dull saw blade? Or tried to use a butter knife instead of a screwdriver?

While the job may get done, how much energy was wasted, and how much frustration ensued? This is what your young band student may be experiencing as he or she progresses, if his or her instrument is not appropriate for the player’s level.

Why Mouthpiece Test?

One of the best ways to help a band director to ensure his new students’ success in band, and to ensure they stay in band, is to do careful and detailed mouthpiece testing, or “play testing,” as some retailers call it. If you take your time to do this, you will begin to build relationships with the beginning students and their parents, and help your band program a take a huge step forward at the same time.

An Open Letter to Parents of Future Band and Orchestra Students

Congratulations! Your child has chosen to start band or strings class this fall! This is exciting! But naturally, you are also apprehensive – “How much will this cost?” “Will my child like it?” “How do we choose the right instrument?” “Will my child stick with it? After all, he’s tried karate, gymnastics, piano, and soccer ... and quit them all.”  “Does my child even have any musical ability?”

Music Educators: Back To School 2017

A new school year, and with it the long days setting drill on the hot pavement, the squeaks and splats of new beginners, and the craziness of back to school time. But we also see the camaraderie grow within those marching ranks, and the excitement on the faces of those new beginners when they see their new instruments for the first time. This is what keeps us coming back year after year. Not only coming back, but looking forward to doing what we love best - teaching music.

Leenman, SC Businesswoman Awarded 2017 She Rocks! Award

ANAHEIM, CA — Tracy E. Leenman, owner of Musical Innovations of Greenville, SC, has been named winner of the 2017 She Rocks Eneterprise Award by the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN). The award was presented on January 20, 2017, in Anaheim, CA, as part of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) annual winter Trade Show. One of the most prestigious and recognized events honoring women in the music industry today, the She Rocks Awards pay tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry.