From the Chair: Music@Webster

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

Some fine performances

In the past few days, I was able to attend (around my rehearsal schedule for The Threepenny Opera) performances by a number of students in the Webster University Opera Studio, and the New Music Ensemble.

Ten days ago, Alice Nelson directed a wonderful concert of opera excerpts, sung by our students, in a workshop-style setting that included piano and minimal costuming and props.  Alice is ever inventive, and her truly encyclopedic knowledge of opera literature means that all students are matched up with scenes that fit them vocally and personally.  This is always a fun night!

This past weekend, the New Music Ensemble, led by Duane Bridges, presented a concert of music by Brian Eno, with many of the arrangements by our own students (and a couple by Duane). A small but appreciative crowd took in music from various albums from the 1970s, and even a transcription of some of the music one hears when on a long underground tram at an airport.

I’m proud of our students and their prowess and progress!


We unveiled a new alma mater today, with the composer leading the crowd in singing the first verse . . . after he received a check for $2500 as the winner of the contest.

We congratulate Chris Poetz!


L-R: Jeffrey Carter, Chris Poetz, President Beth Stroble, Provost Julian Schuster

L-R: Jeffrey Carter, Chris Poetz, President Beth Stroble, Provost Julian Schuster

Jazz Collective and Jazz Singers

From Monday night’s concert, the year-ender for the jazz program . . . .

New Alma Mater first-sing!

Check it out!

Video shoots

We are preparing the senior video for our Honors Convocation.  Here are some stills from some of the video shoots so far.

David Halen

David Halen, concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, presented a seminar for the Department of Music today. 




‘Twas a wonderful concert……

On tour

Chamber Singers, on tour in Lee’s Summit:

On tour

Chamber Singers are relaxing at a coffee shop between school visits today.  The coffee shop happens to be directly across the road from the community college where I taught for 10 years.  We are in my hometown of Lee’s Summit.

Chamber Singers on tour

Webster University Chamber Singers are on a Spring Break 2015 tour this week.  The group started in Springfield on Friday.  They sang today at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri.  School visits in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma are set for the next four days.

Here are photos from today’s visit to Independence:

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