The Academy is closing its doors after 32 years

It is with much sadness that the Anderson Academy of Music announces that it will be closing its doors effective August 31, 2016.

The Board of Directors would like to thank all the students and their families as well as the many teachers who have supported us over our thirty-two year history. We are proud of the tradition of excellence in musical education that the Academy has provided to the Anderson community and know that the love of music instilled in the students will live on for generations to come.

An online auction of the Academy's instruments and furnishings will run August 18 - 29. The auction site is


National Federation of Music Clubs Auditions

Riya Noah

Congratulations to our piano students, Riya Zutshi and Noah O'Brien, for obtaining Superior ratings during their recent National Federation of Music Clubs auditions!

Riya played
Amen Corner by Vandall and Appaloosa by Demarest with great attention to articulation and dynamics. Her performance was praised for being both imaginative and exciting. Bravo, Riya!

Noah played the
Arabesque by Burgmuller with crisp and even 16th notes, and Proceed with Caution by Sallee with excellent attention to detail. As the audition review read, "Ms. Sallee, the composer, would have been proud to hear you!"

Great job to both students! Both started their preparations with Dr. Christine Miller, and finished them with their current teachers, Vicki Masters and Isabel Bowen, respectively.

In Memoriam

Dr. Christine Miller
September 21, 1935 - February 18, 2016

This February, the Academy lost a longtime faculty member and dear friend, Dr. Christine Miller. Since the early years of the Academy, she taught piano to hundreds of children and adults in the Anderson area. She shared her love of music, one lesson at a time.

Dr. Miller spent her life devoted to music, starting from her early childhood days in Helena, Arkansas. Her extensive studies included earning a BM at the University of Mississippi, M Ed at the University of Pittsburgh, and the MM and DMA at Ohio State University, where she studied with George Haddad, Richard Tetley-Kardos and Sylvia Zaremba. After her debut at New York's Town Hall, she was active as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. She developed a keen interest in the music of composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk and was a finalist at the First International Gottschalk Competition.

After her time in Ohio, Dr. Miller moved to Anderson, SC, where she joined the Anderson Academy of Music piano faculty in 1990. She was also active as a church musician, directing music at St. George's Episcopal Church. In spite of grave illness in recent years, she continued to teach until the last month of her life. She taught with love and wisdom, and her legacy lives on in the hearts of the many students she has nurtured through the years. We will miss her greatly.

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