From the Chair: Music@Webster

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

Dr. Jarvis

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

Christine Brewer visits

This has been CHRISTINE BREWER WEEK in the Department of Music.

We welcomed Christine and her own voice teacher, Christine Armistead, on Monday for a seminar discussion.  They talked about the roles of the teacher and the student (who are really collaborators) in developing new repertoire, in guiding careers, and in the development of the complete artist.

And then Wednesday evening Christine gave her annual public master class with seven music majors singing music in multiple languages.

Here are some shots from the week:

Commemoration concert

This past Sunday, faculty members gathered in concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in 1914, and the 70th anniversary of D-Day (1944).  Prof. Carole Gaspar, director of vocal studies, curated the event.

After several changes of program, we ended up with a concert mostly of melodies by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), with a bit of Ravel thrown in at the end (and gloriously so!).

I sang Poulenc’s “Priez pour paix.” My colleagues Martha J. Hart, Debby Lennon, Eric Dalbey, and Jamie Haughey also performed, as did Daniel Schene, with Nancy Mayo providing marvelous and meaningful collaboration throughout the 90-minute concert.

Here are a few (rather poor, I fear) shots from my set at the front of house left:

Video shoot

Christy Timberlake is the poster child.  She’s featured in a new video we are shooting focusing on music education at Webster.  On a very wet Friday recently, we shot the B-roll indoor footage.  Classroom and performance footage follow on different days, along with the interview.

This is an engaging and delightful project!

Shots from the shoot:

And after the shoot, I caught our alum Ben Young visiting with the Composition master class, then caught a portion of the Chamber Singers rehearsal for that evening’s concert:

Final photo


The official 2014 Chamber Singers photo.

Symphony in Your College

We were delighted last month to welcome Joo Kim and James Czyzewski, members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, for a performance and discussion in Thompson Music Building.  Their appearance was part of the SLSO “Symphony in Your College” program.

The soloists previewed music included on an October performance with the SLSO.

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I am working on some new curriculum ideas, and stumbled across this website with loads of links to the topic of SONGWRITING.

And for pros:

And this:

And this huge list of resources, totally un-vetted, but pretty impressive:

Choral season begins

Fresh from a stunningly successful Spring 2014 concert series, the Webster University Chamber Singers, led by Trent Patterson, kick off the new choral season on Friday, October 10.

This performance also features the premiere of educator and conductor Emily Pikaard as the new leader of the Webster University Women’s Chorus.
An eclectic program of repertoire for mixed choir and treble voices includes works by Josquin des Prez, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Samuel Barber, Norman Dello Joio, Moses Hogan, as well as works by some of today’s most prolific American choral composers.

ch-sing-2014-archWebster University Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 24 singers that performs choral literature from all historical periods, many world cultures and styles. Recent large-scale choral works performed include Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Copland’s In the beginning, and Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 588. Comprised of music majors and several students from other disciplines, the ensemble tours annually and represents the Department of Music at university events and community functions throughout the Saint Louis region. In March 2014, Chamber Singers performed for the Southwestern Divisional American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Two months prior in January, they were the headline college/university choir for the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference at Tan-Tar-A. The Chamber Singers have sung in master classes for the British a cappella ensembles Stile Antico and Voces 8, and for eminent conductors Charlene Archibeque, David Rayl (November 2014), and Trey Jacobs through Webster-sponsored artist residencies. The Chamber Singers are featured in the DVD How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great with Charlene Archibeque, which is available through GIA Publications.

Click here to view video of Chamber Singers in action!
And check out this fun photo of the Chamber Singers photo shoot this week.


Women’s Chorus, Emily Pikaard, conductor; Stephen Eros, pianist

Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, Dr. Trent Patterson, conductor; Joe Neske, pianist

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Location: Community Music School of Webster University
Time:  7 p.m.
Cost:  $3 general admission; free to all students of any kind; free to Webster University faculty and staff with ID

Photo shoot

Chamber Singers did a photo shoot this week.  Cencio Boc, our Webster director of photography, took some great shots.  Here is behind the scenes:

From the Arch


Check out this amazing shot taken by the park ranger atop of the Arch during the Webster University Chamber Singers’ photo shoot on a sunny Monday afternoon in downtown Saint Louis!  Apparently, one of the park rangers saw our photo shoot on the steps of the Old Courthouse, took a picture, and then radioed one of the rangers at the Old Courthouse to find out where a photo could be sent.  Look for Chamber Singers arrayed in a semi-circle on the steps at the very bottom of the photo.


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