From the Chair: Music@Webster

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

Student picnic and barbecue

Heather, our powerhouse president of the student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), put together an all-student barbecue last night. I manned the grill, cooking over 100 pieces of meat and 16 veggie burgers, only four of which I burned to hockey-puckdom.

Students pitched in for food and chips and dessert.

Some of our faculty joined the festivities.

And a good time was had by all!

Student dinner on the grounds

From tonight’s barbecue dinner, organized by students:


New students


They have arrived. Here are some of our new music majors at the conclusion of their orientation session with us on Friday, August 21.

A new year 


The new school year is nigh.

This evening I had the honor of introducing our new music theory & composition colleague, David, and his husband Jake, to dozens of faculty members, the Provost, and the President, at the annual President’s Banquet.  And then my colleague James Robey spoke about the creative spark.

Already this week, I have fielded untold number of emails, met with individual faculty members, led a six-hour faculty intensive, attended the annual Fall Convocation, kicked off two training sessions, and somehow managed as well to get some other work accomplished.

Tomorrow we see our new-student class for the first time.

And all is right with the world.

And this!!!

It’s official

The National Association of Schools of Music has granted approval of two new Bachelor of Music degree programs at Webster University! —

  • Composition (Songwriting)
  • Music Direction for Musical Theatre


Our new ad


Honors Convocation

Webster University’s wonderful Cencio Boc snapped these photos at our Honors Convocation to close out the school year:


Bob Chamberlin retires today.  He has spent 42 years on the Webster faculty.  I’ve been privileged to share seven of those years with him.  He has now worked with seven different department chairs!

Here are some photos of Bob (and with Bob) from the last three years.


Bob delivered a ‘last lecture’ a few weeks ago.  I just got some photos from that event:

We wish Bob well on the journey . . . but we will miss him terribly.



Percussion Ensemble

Here are some photos from the Percussion Ensemble concert last month:


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