From the Chair: Music@Webster

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

A new album

coverimageOur wonderful alumna Jennifer Johnson Cano and her talented husband Christopher have released a new recording.

Says Jennifer: “Chris and I, with The Savannah Voice Festival, have produced our own live recital album.  The title is Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival.  The album is 100% live – no patch sessions and no studio magic.  As of today, the album is available on and iTunes.  It includes the music of Canteloube, Dvořák, Falla, Gurney, Britten, Howells, Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, Rachmanninoff, and Niles.  It is available for purchase TODAY on and iTunes!”

I have downloaded the album, and look forward to giving it a good long listen once the semester ends!

Scholar Singers

I’m delighted that our students have gotten great press from this wonderful partnership!

A Gift to the City

The annual concert, A Gift to the City, is ended.  Seventy minutes flew by.  And all is well in the world.

A new colleague

We are delighted to announce that Dr. David Werfelmann will join us in a few months’ time.  We’ll let David’s blog tell the story!

This day


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!


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