From the Chair: Music@Webster

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

Jennifer Johnson Cano

A major interview in Classical Singer magazine this week . . . and very proud-making comments from our alumna, Jennifer —

Here is the pdf of the article:


A Gift to the City

We are gonna be on the telly!!



Webster University Concerto/Aria Competition announcement




JANUARY 16, 2016

  • Winner(s) will perform with the Webster University Chamber Orchestra on April 17, 2016.
  • Competition is open to currently enrolled full-time graduate or undergraduate students at Webster University. All competitors must be currently studying with Webster University Department of Music Faculty.
  • One instrumental winner and one vocal winner will be selected.  The jury consists of external evaluators.
  • Instrumental competitors must perform one movement from a standard concerto or an orchestrated solo concert piece. All works must be set for a standard orchestral instruments (String, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Piano or Guitar). All repertoire must be approved in advance by the conductor of the Webster University Chamber Orchestra.
  • Aria competitors must perform an aria or an orchestrated art song not to exceed 8 minutes in length. All repertoire must be approved in advance by the conductor of the Webster University Chamber Orchestra.
  • All competitors MUST perform with an accompanist. Competitors are responsible to provide their own accompanist.
  • The competition will take place on January 16, 2016 in the Recital Hall in Thompson Music Building at Webster University.
  • All applications must be received by 12:00 Noon on December 10, 2015. The electronic application form is located below.
  • A competition schedule will be e-mailed to participants and posted by December 22, 2015.
  • The competition reserves the right to declare no winner in a given category, if an appropriate candidate is not determined.

DEADLINE: To enter, complete the electronic application form no later than 4.30 P.M., December 10, 2015.  The email time-stamp will serve as the official delivery time.

DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS TO or call 314-968-7040.  Dr. Davis should also approve your literature before you submit the form, so check with him within the next few days.  A simple email saying “Here’s what I intend to perform.  Is this acceptable?” is all you need to do.


NATS winners

Take a look at the good news from NATS this past weekend!

Not too early

Plan now to attend these wonderful scenes!

MI-16-145 Opera Scenes Poster

Unusual requests

In the past month, I have fielded two extraordinary requests.

About a month ago, a local law firm rang me.  “We’d like to hire you to be an expert witness in a case involving a music professor at another school.”  And so it was that wrote a long brief, and billed the law firm for my time and expertise.

The firm told me last week that my writing was a key ingredient in them winning the case.

Today I received a request from a professor at another private university.  “May I please have reprint permission to use a photo you took at the Twigworth church in Gloucestershire?  I want to use it in a book that I’m writing.”  Of course I granted permission.

Who knows what people will find on the Web!?

New York TIMES

We made the New York Times!

In these programs, students hop from country to country, earning an undergraduate degree in the process. 

Sundays in November

We have so much going on this month!!

Sundays in Nov

A list

Yup.  We are indeed one of America’s best colleges for study abroad!!

Josh Groban

Several years ago, at a different school in a different state, I got the call to have my students sing back-up for Kenny Rogers on a Christmas concert.  And we got our photo taken with the big guy himself.  I shook his hand, and we were off.

On Monday evening, Trent Patterson and the Webster University Chamber Singers had a similar experience with a different mega-star, Josh Groban, on his tour promoting his new album.  Dr. Patterson prepped the students, who then backed up JG as he sang “Anthem” from Chess and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel.

From Facebook comments, the students were deliriously happy.  “Tonight was unreal,” said one.  “Unbelievable,” said another.

Here’s a grab from Facebook:


And two official photos:

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The review in the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch mentions the group prominently.


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