From the Chair: Music@Webster

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

We celebrate a new work created by Dr. David Werfelmann, Assistant Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program!

http://news.webster.edu/employee/2016/werfelmann-wind-ensemble.html

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Choral Invitational Festival

Choirs from Illinois and Missouri and right here in Saint Louis joined with Webster University choirs last evening for a choral invitational festival with guest conductor Daniel Jackson (from Florida).

The centerpiece of the performance was Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass, a work I finally heard in its entirety for the very first time.

Nearly 200 students were on stage!

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Scenes from the office today

Claire brings donuts from her place of work on most Tuesdays.  These donuts have become a huge hit.

Today, when Claire arrived, I heard scurrying, and the student/scarab beetles feasted forthwith.

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And then, at 5 p.m., this incredible view as I left Thompson House:

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A magical moment

I am in Hot Springs, Arkansas, as an exhibitor at the ARK-MEA gathering of music educators.

This morning, just after 9 a.m., as I was seated at the booth, I heard our National Anthem being intoned by a soprano voice.  I sprang to my feet, put my hand over my heart, and watched other exhibitors do the same thing.

Two short phrases later, a young baritone took over. And after two more phrases, a trumpet . . . and then a flute . . . and then bells . . . and then an electric guitar . . . a violin . . . a banjo!

And then they all joined in harmony for the final “Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

And I grinned and grinned.  These high school students had created a magical moment.

This weary road warrior needed some little jolt today.

Thanks, Arkansas!

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http://news.webster.edu/academics/2016/voice-students-nats-singing-competition.html

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At the Sheldon right now:

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