From the Chair: Music@Webster

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

Community Music School

imageCarol Commerford, my colleague and Director of the Community Music School of Webster University, presented a seminar on Thursday.  I love being part of a vibrant fine arts college that includes a community school that serves over 2000 people each year!


One Man . . .

Four Webster University Department of Music students are in the spotlight for the next three weeks in the hilarious play One Man, Two Guvnors, now playing at the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis.

I went to the final preview performance this last Thursday.

And I’m awfully proud of our guys: Jake, Tim, Jake, and Matt!


All-Steinway School

Look for Dr. Carter smack in the center of the photo.

Look for Dr. Carter smack in the center of the photo.


Steinway & Sons has published a survey of All-Steinway Schools (Webster University became one in 2010).

Take a look!

STL Magazine

Our Department of Music alumnus Mark Wallace (BM in Jazz Performance, ’12) was featured in last months’ St. Louis Magazine.  Take a look!

Chamber Singers

Here’s a video of Chamber Singers last school year, in their opening number from the concert at the Southwestern Division convention of the American Choral Directors Association:




Music theory search

Webster University has announced a faculty search for a music theorist/composer, to replace Bob Chamberlin when he retires at the end of this school year.

Scholarship recipients


Some of our top students have received named, endowed scholarships this year.  We celebrated their success and their potential at the Webster University Department of Music convocation this week.


Five big recital prep mistakes

cropped-blogheader.jpgI’ve been prepping for a meeting today with students who give degree recitals this semester.

My normal teaching style eschews negative example as the first example, but for this one time today I’m thinking of providing a list of ‘Five Big Mistakes Recital-Givers Make.’

That list of mistakes would include:

  1. Not checking TWO calendars.  You must check for room availability (Current Students page) AND the departmental performance calendar. And you must do all of this in steady and regular consultation with your applied teacher AND the program area director.
  2. Not starting program notes early enough and not working on program notes jointly with your applied teacher.  The last think you wish to do is be re-writing program notes during the few days before your recital.
  3. Not turning in program listing and complete programs in time (no less than two weeks in advance).
  4. Forgetting that all recitals require a full hearing 30 days in advance, which means that all the pieces are ready to go that early (allowing for polishing and tweaking during the month before the recital event).
  5. Thinking that we are bluffing when we remind you that you must follow the rules or we’ll cancel the recital.  We don’t cancel without feeling badly for you and others, but our common lives (especially in Spring semester when we have more recitals each week than we wish to countenance) mean that we must all follow the rules that are explicitly and clearly laid out.

Full details for recitals are in the Webster University Department of Music Handbook.

Faculty training

School starts tomorrow.

This past week included a number of faculty sessions and professional development sessions.  Several faculty took advantage of Canvas and TK20 training, plus a syllabus workshop.

Here’s Justin leading a session on TK20 assessment software:



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