From the Chair: Music@Webster

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


The Department of Music features in the first 30 minutes of the Commencement ceremony video!

The video kicks off with Chamber Singers and the National Anthem.  The new alma mater is at 19:00 minutes in.


We end each school year with a recognition breakfast.

Amongst this year’s Department of Music recognitions:

Five years of service
Trent Patterson

Ten years of service
Ron McGowan

Fifteen years of service
Neal Richardson
Carol Schmidt

Twenty years of service
John McClellan
Ruth Price

Twenty-five years of service
Jim Martin
Sue Martin

Thirty-five years of service
Steve Schenkel

Steve Schenkel

Steve Schenkel

As we conclude the 2014-15 school year, we celebrate happy news about people with whom we have studied, learned, and labored.

Brooke Vonderheide (BA 2015) received The George Herbert Walker III Award for Leadership, which is awarded to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the most significant combination of academic achievement and leadership during his or her student years at Webster University. The award comes with a $2,100 scholarship.  Brooke graduated from Webster University this weekend, and is pursuing graduate work next semester at Ball State University.

Dr. Glen A. Bauer, Professor, Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of Music History, was awarded on Friday evening the 2015 William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award, generously funded by the William T. Kemper Foundation, recognizes faculty members who demonstrate teaching at its finest. Four Kemper Awards were presented: two for full-time faculty members on the St. Louis campus who each receive a $10,000 award, and two adjunct faculty members (all campuses and online) who each receive a $5,000 award.

Faculty members were also recently notified of promotions and changes of status as approved by the Board of Trustees.  Dr. Carla Colletti and Prof. Martha Hart received Continuing Status and were promoted to Associate Professor.  Dr. Paul Davis received Continuing Status.  Dr. Jeffrey Carter was promoted to Professor.

We celebrate these accomplishments as we close this extraordinary school year.

Commencement 2015

We graduated an extraordinary crew this past weekend.  Here are a few shots from social media:

Exciting news

Here’s some exciting news for the fine arts programs, and for my boss:

Seniors 2015

Some fine performances

In the past few days, I was able to attend (around my rehearsal schedule for The Threepenny Opera) performances by a number of students in the Webster University Opera Studio, and the New Music Ensemble.

Ten days ago, Alice Nelson directed a wonderful concert of opera excerpts, sung by our students, in a workshop-style setting that included piano and minimal costuming and props.  Alice is ever inventive, and her truly encyclopedic knowledge of opera literature means that all students are matched up with scenes that fit them vocally and personally.  This is always a fun night!

This past weekend, the New Music Ensemble, led by Duane Bridges, presented a concert of music by Brian Eno, with many of the arrangements by our own students (and a couple by Duane). A small but appreciative crowd took in music from various albums from the 1970s, and even a transcription of some of the music one hears when on a long underground tram at an airport.

I’m proud of our students and their prowess and progress!


We unveiled a new alma mater today, with the composer leading the crowd in singing the first verse . . . after he received a check for $2500 as the winner of the contest.

We congratulate Chris Poetz!


L-R: Jeffrey Carter, Chris Poetz, President Beth Stroble, Provost Julian Schuster

L-R: Jeffrey Carter, Chris Poetz, President Beth Stroble, Provost Julian Schuster

Jazz Collective and Jazz Singers

From Monday night’s concert, the year-ender for the jazz program . . . .

New Alma Mater first-sing!

Check it out!

Video shoots

We are preparing the senior video for our Honors Convocation.  Here are some stills from some of the video shoots so far.


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