From the Chair: Music@Webster

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



Neal Richardson


With heavy heart, I learned yesterday that Neal Richardson died Friday afternoon, surrounded by friends who were singing and praying him away.

His Adrenomyeloneuropathy disease had taken its toll over the last few months, and the end came unexpectedly quickly.

Neal was a prodigiously gifted musician with a huge heart, and a giant love for Webster and for our students. His death is a grievous loss to those who knew and loved him. 

Neal was one of the very first people to invite me out for a meal when I arrived at Webster nine years ago.  He arranged music for my colleagues and I in the Gateway Men’s Chorus.  And he shared unselfishly with so many fellow musicians.

May his soul rest in peace.

I await the day when I can hear the heavenly host singing “You’ll never walk alone” under Neal’s direction!


Picnic photos

All-Department of Music picnic and barbecue, hosted by our student chapters of NAfME, ACDA, and NATS!

Opening Convocation

Fall 2017 Convocation was a fun little gathering today.  We sang the alma mater.  We celebrated, and welcomed, and laughed.

One of the joys of Convocation is naming our new endowed scholarship recipients:

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Here are some ‘school photo’ shots from the moments before Convocation:


Record enrollment



The Beloit Mind-set list 2021 is published!


Carousel has closed at Union Avenue Opera, but I am delighted to have seen students and colleagues on stage.

Webster University is happily well-represented at Union Avenue Opera this summer!

Danielle Feinstein was in the chorus, and met up with alumni friends after the show:img_1329

Merry Keller, an adjunct professor, sang the immortal “You’ll never walk alone”:img_1326.jpg


We celebrate

Hunter Johnson.  Yay!

From Trent Patterson, Director of  Choral Studies: Congratulations to music education junior, Presidential Scholar, and Chamber Singers President Hunter Johnson. This guy is the real deal and then some. Things at Webster U are heating up… and we’re only getting started! #WebsterProud

From Stuart Hill, Director of Music Education: Hunter (I hope) already knows how very proud of him we are. What I want *you* out there in TV Land to know is that *this* is the kind of student we have in the Webster University Department of Music. Send us some more so they can be friends!