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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Meet Rossi Kennedy

What musical instrument, originally invented in Germany in the early 1800's, is the official instrument of both the city of San Francisco and the nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina? It's the
accordion, also known as a "squeezebox." These versatile instruments are used in various cultures throughout Europe, North and South America--for a variety of music styles: popular, dance, folk, jazz, cajun, zydeco and even some classical music. At the Academy of Music, we are fortunate to have Mrs. Rossi Kennedy teach us how to play it.

Growing up in Bulgaria, Mrs. Kennedy started playing the piano at age 3 and the accordion in first grade. Before she moved to South Carolina, she spent ten years teaching music to young children in Sydney, Australia. Click here to view an
Anderson Independent Mail article about her unique experience and perspective.

Rossi Kennedy

Former Academy Student Excels

Former Academy student Destinee Johnson has obtained her masters degree from Stanford University. Destinee was a longtime piano student of Dr. Christine Miller and performed her senior recital in 2010. Congratulations, Destinee!

Learning to play music is really good for your brain!

Academy students perform at AnMed Cancer Center

Peter Trela and Ritika Surahbi, students of Jeanne Best, recently played the piano at the AnMed Health Cancer Center as part of the Healing Harmonies program. Healing Harmonies is a made up of area musicians who offer their talents to lift the spirits of patients and their families.

Ptrela ritika

Academy Student Performs Senior Piano Recital

Forrest Wang performed his Senior Piano Recital on May 18 at Anderson University. A student of Dr. Christine Miller for six years, he is pictured here with Dr. Miller and his 6-year grand trophy for superior performances in the SC Federation Auditions. He has won numerous honors including first place in his division in 2012 and Honorable Mention in the SCMTA State Auditions in 2014. In 2011, he undertook the Associated Board Royal School of Music Grade 5 Examinations in Atlanta and passed with merit. He also plays the saxophone and is principal saxophone in the Carolina Youth Symphony. He has been a member of the All-Regions Band from grades 8-11.

In addition to being musically talented, Forrest is gifted academically. He was captain of the Daniel HS Academic Team, an AP and National Merit Scholar, as well as a candidate for the Presidential Scholar award. An accomplished chess player, he has won or placed in SC Scholastic Chess tournaments. He graduated from Daniel High School in June as Salutatorian of his senior class. He plans to enroll in the University of Pittsburgh in August on a full scholarship to study computer science. We are proud of his accomplishments and wish him well on his path of excellence.


2014 Spring Recital at Anderson University

Congratulations to Academy students for a successful year!


Why not give your child the gift of music?

My daughter, Aly, took the first tangible steps of her musical journey at the age of five, at the Academy of Music. Her youngest sister had just been born several months before, so perhaps due to a need for stress relief, I impulsively headed down to Farr’s Music House to look at pianos. It had been a long time since I had played one, although I had spent so much time at the piano as a child and through my college years. I suddenly yearned to play Bach again, and decided that the Goldberg Variations might be a good place to start. (Naïve, and ridiculous, but I was pretty sleep deprived at the time thanks to my youngest, a tiny sleepless wonder)

Click to read more: the gift of music