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FAQ

1. How do I get to MasterWorks?

By Plane
The nearest airport is Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), which is approximately 20 minutes from the Converse campus.
Asheville, NC (AVL) and Charlotte, NC (CLT) are both approximately a one-hour drive from the Converse campus.

Driving Directions
The Converse address is 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

2. Can I keep my car at MasterWorks?

Yes, students are permitted to have a car on campus. Parking is free, and guidelines are given to drivers upon arrival.

3. Can I apply to more than one program?

Due to the busy schedule each program maintains, it is typically impossible for students to be involved with more than one program at a time. One exception would be a student participating in the WISP during weeks 1 & 2 may choose to participate in the orchestra program during weeks 3 & 4, provided there is an opening in the orchestra and approval is obtained from the appropriate faculty member. MasterWorks masterclasses are open to the whole festival, so students enrolled in a particular program (e.g. Orchestra) are encouraged to attend classes offered by the other programs (e.g. Piano), provided no schedule conflicts occur with the student’s program.

4. How can I apply to be a student counselor?

Counselors must be at least 21 years of age. First, please apply to your program. Once you receive acceptance, you must email Chip Hill (chip@christianperformingart.org) to inquire about a Counselor Application. Applications are due by March 15, 2021. Counselors are chosen by MasterWorks administration. Decisions will be made by March 31, 2021.

Counselors are awarded a scholarship based on one-half of their tuition (based on their tiered tuition amount). Their remaining tuition balance is due by April 12, 2021.

5. I’m an international student. Is there any special information that I need to know?

  • English proficiency: All correspondence between a prospective student and the MasterWorks Festival office must be done in English. While at the festival, all lessons, MasterClasses, and rehearsals are conducted in English. Translation opportunities are very limited.
  • Payment of tuition and fees: All fees are to be paid in U.S. currency (USD). Money orders, checks from a U.S. bank account, and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) are accepted. Please email sharalynn@christianperformingart.org if you are having difficulty making a payment.
  • Visa appointment: Please notify the office 14 business days before your scheduled visa appointment at the appropriate embassy/consulate. Within 14 business days, you’ll receive a letter in the mail that must be brought to the appointment. While there, you must obtain a tourist visa. If you require more than a letter, email sharalynn@christianperformingart.org. Failure to give the office ample notification may result in fees incurred at your expense.

If you have further questions, please email sharalynn@christianperformingart.org

6. What do you recommend I select for my excerpts?

MasterWorks Festival does not specify which measures or which excerpts should be submitted. Each student should consult his/her personal teacher to determine an appropriate excerpt based on personal playing ability. MasterWorks does not supply students with sheet music for these excerpts. Students should consult music libraries, personal teachers, sheet music vendors, or the websites imslp.org or violinexcerpts.com for appropriate excerpts.

7. What should I pack for my time at MasterWorks?

We recommend you bring the following:

  • Music you want to perform or learn
  • Folding music stand
  • Concert black
  • *Outdoor clothes for those ultimate frisbee, soccer, and volleyball games, or impromptu biking trips
  • * Clothes (dress code appropriate) for hot summer days and cooler evenings
  • *Smart phone
  • *Some spending money
  • *Towels, sheets, a pillow, and blanket
  • *Extra blanket if you get cold easily
  • *Laundry detergent to do laundry
  • *Water bottle
  • *Bug spray and sunscreen
  • *Pencil
  • *Toiletries
  • *Bible and journal for quiet times
  • A heart ready to seek God and encourage others this summer!

8. What is concert dress?

Concert Dress for Men:
Black dress slacks; white button-down, long-sleeve dress shirt; black socks; no tie. No coat or blazer and no tuxedo.

Concert Dress of Women
Ankle or calf-length black skirts or dressy black pants; black pantyhose or socks; black dress shoes and ¾ length or longer sleeve black tops. Due to the abundance of low-rise pants, please be sure your back is completely covered and no undergarments are showing when sitting or standing – this is unprofessional.

9. What are the dining options at MasterWorks?

Converse College’s Gee Dining Hall provides three meals a day for all students. Breakfasts and dinners, as well as Sunday lunches, are optional, allowing students to enjoy Spartanburg and the surrounding area. Lunches are mandatory Monday through Saturday. Important festival announcements and faculty devotionals are presented at this time.

For dining options around town visit: http://www.visitspartanburg.com/See-and-do/dining.html

10. What does a day at MasterWorks look like?

7:30-8:30 a.m. – Prayer meeting (optional)
8:00-8:30 a.m. – Breakfast (optional)
9:00-11:45 a.m. – Program meetings and rehearsals
12:00-12:30 p.m. – Lunch (required)
12:30-1:00 p.m. – Faculty devotionals (at lunch)
1:00-1:45 p.m. – Quiet time
2:00-5:30 p.m. – Lessons, coaching, practice, recitals, masterclasses, and/or free time
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner (optional)
6:30-8:00 p.m. – Bible study (Monday-Thursday)
Concerts are held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm. Students who are not performing are required to attend concerts.

11. Can I have visitors while attending MasterWorks?

Day Visitors
Family and friends are welcome to attend rehearsals, concerts, and other festival activities. Visitors may eat in the Converse dining hall for a fee.

Overnight Visitors
There is no campus lodging available for guests. However, there are several hotels in the area:

12. Is there a curfew?

On weekdays, students under the age of 18 must be in their dorms by 11:00 p.m, and in their rooms by 12:00 a.m. On weekends, students under the age of 18 must be in their dorms by 12:00 a.m, and in their rooms by 1:00 a.m. There is no curfew for college students.

13. What is the weather like in Spartanburg?

In June-July, the average high temperature during the day is 88-91, with a healthy dose of humidity. The average low temperature is 67-69.

14. I would like to attend MasterWorks, but I’m too old/young. Should I still apply?

Yes, you may still apply. But please contact Chip Hill (chip@christianperformingart.org) first to discuss your situation. On a case-by-case basis, MasterWorks considers admitting students who do not fall into the typical age bracket.

15. What is the history of the MasterWorks Festival?

The MasterWorks Festival is an outreach of the Christian Performing Artists’ Fellowship (CPAF). The Festival began in the summer of 1997 with 55 students. In 2018, the Festival moved to Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. For more information regarding the history of CPAF, please visit our history page.

16. How can I support the MasterWorks Festival?

We are glad you asked! We rely on generous donors to make the Festival as affordable as possible. You can support the ministry in a number of ways. Please consider sponsoring a student, establishing a planned-giving fund, or setting up a scholarship fund. Please click here for more information.

17. Who serves as MasterWorks Faculty?

Please visit our Faculty page for a complete list of our 2021 faculty. Past faculty members include Phil Smith, Miriam Burns, Mia Chung, Stephen Tavani, David Geir, Daniel Meyer, Andrew Sewell, and Luis Haza.

18. How does my student apply to the MasterWorks Festival?

Students can apply for the festival online here. Before beginning the application process, please review audition requirements and expectations for each program and instrument.

19. What performance opportunities will my student have while at MasterWorks?

MasterWorks places a high value on performance opportunities for students. During the first week of MasterWorks 2021, students will participate in chamber music ensembles. During the last three weeks, the orchestra performs on Saturday nights.

Piano students will participate in mandatory chamber groups during the first week. While chamber music is optional during weeks 2-4, students will perform in studio classes each week as well as public piano program recitals, and masterclasses. Each orchestra concert typically has a piano interlude where students can be selected to perform.

20. What are the living quarters like?

Students will be housed in dorms on Converse College’s campus. For 2021, students will be housed in FLEMING, WITH OVERFLOW IN PELL

LINK TO CONVERSE’S DORM WEBSITE
Most rooms have two to four beds and share common bathrooms. Dorm rooms have beds, desks, chairs, dressers, and large closets. All dorms are air-conditioned.

Students are responsible for bringing their own linens. Students can also rent linens from the Festival for $40.

21. What is the dress code?

Generally, dress is casual. The weather will be very warm and humid. The purpose of MasterWorks is to glorify God, which should be reflected in students’ dress at all times. Please abide by the following guidelines:

  • No particularly revealing clothes
  • Shorts and skirts should be at least “finger-tip length”
  • No bare midriffs
  • Slits in skirts should be modest
  • No sheer or see-through clothes
  • No undergarments showing, including bra straps and boxer shorts
  • Gentlemen are required to wear shirts at all times
  • No low-cut dresses or tops

22. What if I have dietary restrictions?

Please contact the MasterWorks Administrator, Sharalynn Hicks, at sharalynn@christianperformingart.org to discuss. While Converse can accommodate some dietary restrictions, all food is prepared in a common kitchen.

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