From the Chair: Music@Webster

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

David Werfelmann

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


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!


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.



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



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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