From the Chair: Music@Webster

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

Webster University Chamber Orchestra

Photos from last weekend’s season-opening concert —

A project

My colleague David Werfelmann has launched a new project.  Take a look and listen!–

Choral concert photos

Webster University Men's Chorale in concert.  3 October 2015.

Webster University Men’s Chorale in concert. 3 October 2015.

Webster University Women's Chorale in concert. 3 October 2015.

Webster University Women’s Chorale in concert. 3 October 2015.

Webster University Chamber Singers in concert.  3 October 2015.

Webster University Chamber Singers in concert. 3 October 2015.

UG-16-21 Wind Ens Poster

Choral Concert


Laying low

I am taking today an unaccustomed day at home.  Hayfever allergies have reduced me to a mass of aches and pains from coughing.  I’m trying to stave off a secondary infection, since that seems to be the usual lot when something like this hits (as it does every fall).

But I am working from home, and accomplishing some delayed tasks related to the Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music, the American Choral Directors Association, and the like.

And Samson seems pleased I’m home today.

I’m saddened, though, that this glorious weather outdoors is not accommodating for me.  One stop outside the house and the sneezing starts up again.

Bottom line: the world is not ending even as I take a day away from school.  And that’s a lesson we all could learn.

Chamber Singers recognition

Chamber Singers got some great news last week!

Seminars this semester


Seminars often take place instead of the Thursday recital hour, or at various other times. Most guest master classes count as seminars too. While other seminars will likely be posted this term, current dates are

  • Tuesday, September 1 at 3 p.m. – Daniel Schene, Professor of Piano, in a ‘Professor’s Choice’ lecture
  • Thursday, September 3 at 12 noon – Sarah Bryan Miller, classical music critic for the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Thursday, September 10 at 12 noon – Dennis Owsley, jazz aficionado and radio personality, on ‘my life in music and jazz’
  • Thursday, September 17 at 12 noon – leadership from the local musicians’ union, in a discussion of what the union does and why their work is of benefit to you
  • TBA in September – Christine Brewer lecture and master class
  • TBA in October on a Wednesday at 3 p.m. – guys from Music Folk (down the street) giving a folk instrument demo
  • Friday, November 20 at 3 p.m. – Michael Horsley, music director for the MUNY, on what a professional music director does

We will host additional seminars in the jazz and instrumental areas, information about which will be posted on the student bulletin board in Thompson Music Building.

Convocation photos

From last week’s Department of Music Convocation, here are bunches of photos!–

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!


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