Chapter Leadership

Chapter Leadership

2018 – 2019


Executive Committee


Dean: Erica Pauly

Sub-Dean: David Kiser

Secretary: Brennan Szafron

Treasurer: William C. (Bill) Cooper

Chaplain: Steven J. Nadeau

Immediate Past Dean: William C. (Bill) Cooper


Committee Chairs


History: John Bullard

Publicity: David Kiser

Program: Erica Pauly

Professional Concerns: Richard B. Cribb, Jr.

Membership: William C. (Bill) Cooper

Publications: William C. (Bill) Cooper

Communications: Erica Pauly

Hospitality: Diane V. Pickens

Scholarships: Frankie W. Deal


Appointive Positions


Webmaster: David Kiser

Facebook: William C. (Bill) Cooper

Parliamentarian: Huger P. Caughman, Jr.

Pedals, Pipes, Pizza: Brennan Szafron


Erica Pauly

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Erica Pauly holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Converse College. She has performed extensively throughout the Carolinas as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral and collaborative pianist. Ms. Pauly has worked with orchestras in Hendersonville, Brevard, Spartanburg and Greenville, and has performed with many local musicians and venues including Converse College and the Spartanburg Repertory Company. Ms. Pauly is an acclaimed adjudicator, and in recent years, has served on the judging panel for the Charlotte Symphony Young Artist Competition, Music Teachers National Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, and other area competitions.

Ms. Pauly currently works as adjunct instructor at the Petrie School of Music and Lawson Academy at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. She also serves on the piano faculty at the Creative Arts Academy in Simpsonville, SC. Ms. Pauly is an active member of the Spartanburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and enjoys working as a guest organist for many local churches. She resides in Spartanburg with husband Lee and their two cats.

Sub Dean

David Kiser

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David Kiser began studying piano at age ten and has received his master’s degree in piano performance at Converse College studying with Douglas Weeks. He graduated with a 4.0 and held the graduate, full scholarship assistantship in accompanying. Formerly he studied at the University of South Carolina with Charles Fugo and Marina Lomazov, having also studied at the College of Charleston with full scholarship. He won first place in first Genesis Piano Competition. He is also a proud winner of the Carolina Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. As part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival he performed Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1 in Charleston and in Perugia and Spoleto, Italy. He won the Young Artist Concerto Competition at Converse College and performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Converse Symphony Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast on South Carolina Public Radio and he has performed throughout the United States.

At Anderson University he teaches theory and piano and frequently performs in departmental concerts. In 2018, he gave an all Chopin recital featuring the Four Ballades and he played Bach’s Concerto in D minor on harpsichord with the String Ensemble. During the 2018-2019 season he is the primary keyboardist for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Other performances include a duo recital with Lisa Kiser to close the L’Organo series of the 2019 Spoleto Festival USA and a performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the ASO.

He is the host and producer of South Carolina Public Radio’s On the Keys, a weekly statewide radio program about the piano. He resides in Greenville with his wife Lisa Kiser, the principal keyboardist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and AU faculty member. The eldest of their children plays violin and their four-year-old is starting to play the piano.


Brennan Szafron

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A native of Saskatchewan, Canada Brennan Szafron is the organist and choirmaster of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, SC, a position he has held since August 2003. Over that time, he has expanded the church’s musical offerings and taken choirs on several trips abroad, namely to Grace Church, New York City, the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, and Lincoln Cathedral in Lincolnshire, England. In Spartanburg, he is also in demand as an organist and pianist for large and small ensembles, namely the Spartanburg Festival Chorus and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2010, Dr. Szafron has also been the adjunct instructor of organ at Converse College.

Prior to his arrival in Spartanburg, he was the assistant organist and choirmaster of Christ Episcopal Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree, with distinction, from the University of Alberta, a Master of Music degree from Yale University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Former teachers include Jacobus Kloppers, Marnie Giesbrecht, Thomas Murray, Martin Jean and Robert Glasgow.

Dr. Szafron has performed in major venues in North America and has been heard on the South Carolina ETV Radio Show “On the Keys”. He is featured in several YouTube videos.


Bill Cooper

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