From the Chair: Music@Webster

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


My favorite Webster food service employee has died.

I just said ‘hi’ to her on Thursday as I was passing through Marletto’s.

Mary used to keep a fruit bowl for me, and always scolded me if I was purchasing French fries.

Mary, may flights of angels sing you to paradise.

“The Webster community extends condolences to the family and friends of Mary Marchlewski, who passed away Saturday night. Mary was a long-time employee for Campus Dining Services, working in catering, at Marletto’s, and the Library Cafe. She was beloved by the many students, faculty and staff she served and worked with over the years, including at Busch Stadium where she was also an usher for her St. Louis Cardinals. A visitation service will be held Wednesday, May 10, 4-9 p.m. at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton. Funeral mass is Thursday, May 11, 10 a.m. at St. Ambrose on the Hill.”

Coaching from NYC

Madeline and Jacob are in FaceTime right now with my former student Chris York, who is now a successful voice teacher in New York City.  He’s giving them the ins and outs of voice lessons in NYC. 

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Faculty Composer Concert

Scenes from Sunday’s concert at Christ Church Cathedral:

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Broadway Sessions

Four of my Webster University voice students are featured on this compilation from (mostly) Webster University night at Broadway Sessions two weeks ago.

Look for Madeline, Chase, Austen, and Jacob!


Singing at Carnegie Hall

Webster University students — 53 in all — and three faculty members in the Department of Music performed on Sunday afternoon at one of the world’s most important performance venues: Carnegie Hall in New York City.


Soprano Heather McKenzie Patterson, mezzo-soprano Martha J. Hart (Director of Vocal Studies), and baritone Jacob Lassetter, Associate Professor were featured soloists in the Mass No. 5 in A-flat major by Franz Schubert.  The Webster choirs were prepared by Trent Patterson, Associate Professor.

Choirs from St. Louis Community College – Meramec and the University of Missouri – St. Louis joined the mass chorus, led by David Rayl of Michigan State University.

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I was able to take a few surreptitious rehearsal photos:

After the concert:

And some proud students with our two full-time voice faculty members, both soloists today at Carnegie Hall:

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Friday in NYC

I am in New York City today with 53 Webster University students and a half-dozen faculty colleagues.

On Sunday, these students and three faculty members sing at Carnegie Hall.

We arrived yesterday, and promptly set the students free.  Some flocked together, and others set off on adventure.  I’m seeing happy Facebook posts today that include last evening activities such as the Metropolitan Opera, Miss Saigon on opening night, and other Broadway shows.  And diners.  And clubs.

One of our juniors hits 21 today, so he apparently had a party after midnight.

As I write, the scholar/artists are in rehearsal at a hotel a block away, prepping a Schubert work for Carnegie on Sunday.

As for me?  A morning in the hotel working on school paperwork online, and then lunch with an alumna.

And last evening, The Play That Goes Wrong!