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Catherine Black

Artistic Director

A mental health advocate, pianist, and entrepreneur, Catherine founded Classical Healing Keys to bring music and wellness to audiences.

Having performed in over 50 venues across South Carolina such as recital halls, retirement homes, and private gatherings, she enjoys sharing music with a variety of audiences. Catherine has served as a Young Juror for the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, appeared in a commercial for the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS), and regularly accompanies solo, ensemble, and orchestral works.

Catherine holds a BM in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina, where she graduated summa cum laude with Leadership Distinction in Professional and Civic Engagement and honors from the Honors College. She holds certification in Mental Health First Aid and an MM in Piano Performance with Distinction in Performance from Converse University.


Alison Hughey, MT-BC

Vice President

Alison Hughey's greatest passion is guiding clients in connection, comfort and communication through music.


Since studying music therapy at Converse University and earning her board certification in 2010, she has served clients across the lifespan and contributed to research in community mental health and dementia care.


Alison serves clients through her private practice, Carolina Music Therapy, and through the Lawson Academy at Converse University. She also wears multiple "music hats” as a worship leader, band member, and music & wellness group facilitator. 

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