From the Chair: Music@Webster

From the Chair of the Department of Music, Webster University in Saint Louis

A message

From Webster University’s president:

A rich week

We’ve had a rich week . . . .

Sunday evening = Webster University Chamber Orchestra concert.

Monday evening = Webster Jazz Collective concert, and a very interesting one at that.

Tuesday = Curriculum Committee considered and approved some minor changes in the Music Education degrees.

Monday and Wednesday = visits from two different music theory & composition professor candidates.

Friday = faculty meeting and final decision on a job offer to a new colleague, a choral festival with guest artist David Rayl, and tonight a concert featuring the Webster choirs, led by David Rayl.

And one of our colleagues is probably going to give birth to a daughter, a first-born child, in the next 24 hours.

Life is rich in the Department of Music at Webster University!

We are hiring

Chamber music

Our colleague Mieko Hironaka Bergt put together a stunning chamber music program on Sunday.  She was joined by Saint Louis’ own Arianna String Quartet and our colleague Erik Harris, principal double bass with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.


The program included Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, op. 135, played by the Arianna String Quartet; and Schubert’s Quintet for piano, violin, viola, collo, and double bass in A major, op. 114, otherwise known as ‘Die Forelle.’

The performance was truly world-class, and the sizeable audience in Moore Auditorium was on fire with excitement when the pieces were over.

I love teaching and administering at a university that provides this kind of enrichment for our students, and this kind of engagement for our community!



Webster Today ran this nice story about our students at NATS last week.

Scholarship recital

From last Thursday:

Our Department of Music is the happy recipient of a number of endowed, named scholarships, and also of support from charitable organizations such as the Buder Foundation and the St. Louis Community Foundation.

On Monday we celebrated this year’s TKT Scholars. In January we will hear from our Nigh Opera Scholar, and later in Spring from our Davis and Sheperd jazz scholars.

Today we present in recital your classmates who are recipients of the

  • Peggy Fossett Endowed Scholarship for Music
  • Allen Carl Larson Endowed Scholarship for Instrumental Music
  • Tighe Piano Scholarship
  • And Buder Foundation Scholarship

We introduced these students at our August convocation; today we see and hear why they are some of our scholar/artists of note.

Selected photos:

Busy week

We’ve had a busy week at Webster!

Monday, 27 October — TKT Benefit Concert

7 p.m. in Moore Auditorium
Tuesday, 28 October — Dr. Joshua Burel

Adjunct faculty member Josh Burel at 7.30 p.m. in the Recital Hall
SEMINAR POINT (and a fascinating topic!)
Wednesday, 29 October — Vienna faculty member Diana Jacklin and Hartmut Ometzburger in recital

7 p.m. in CMS Concert Hall

And on Thursday, our annual scholarship recital.

Here are some grainy shots from my iPhone of the three events so far this week:

More video shoot

We are still on the project!


Dr. Jarvis

Dr. Eloise Jarvis, SL, former chair of the Webster University Department of Music, died this at the mother home in Kentucky.


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