From the Chair: Music@Webster

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

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:


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


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