Massengale graduates into history books

Sarah Massengale made history at Converse College by becoming the first blind student to be awarded a degree in music.
"I am extremely grateful to those who have helped make this possible," said Massengale who earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance.
Massengale studied voice with Dr. Valerie MacPhail while at Converse. She performed solo recitals during her junior and senior years as part of the college's requirements for a major in Vocal Performance. She participated in many opera scenes, singing in scenes from Poulinc's Dialogues of the Carmalites, Monteverdi's L'Incorinazione di Poppea, and Monotti's The Medium. Massengale also performed a role in Converse's production of Puccini's Suor Angelica. Sarah acted and sang in Theatre Converse's production of The Annointing of Dracula.
She was also involved in the Spartanburg community while a student at Converse.
Massengale performed a recital for the Skylin Retirement Home. She also was a guest performer at a local music club. Massengale served as a cantor for the Newman Club's mass on campus and participated in the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church.
She has developed her love for classical music and theatre. She enjoys many types of world music and has a particular fondness for Celtic Music. She also enjoys reading and writing.
"I would like to extend my most sincere thanks and appreciation to the people of Barnwell County. You have been a loving and appreciative audience. Your support and faith in me have helped to shape me and allow me many wonderful experiences. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to cultivate my passion for classical music. It is my great pleasure to share with you this important accomplishment," Massengale said.
Sarah is also a graduate of The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville.