Bob Chamberlin retires today. He has spent 42 years on the Webster faculty. I’ve been privileged to share seven of those years with him. He has now worked with seven different department chairs!
Here are some photos of Bob (and with Bob) from the last three years.
Bob delivered a ‘last lecture’ a few weeks ago. I just got some photos from that event:
We wish Bob well on the journey . . . but we will miss him terribly.
The Department of Music features in the first 30 minutes of the Commencement ceremony video!
The video kicks off with Chamber Singers and the National Anthem. The new alma mater is at 19:00 minutes in.
We end each school year with a recognition breakfast.
Amongst this year’s Department of Music recognitions:
Five years of service
Ten years of service
Fifteen years of service
Twenty years of service
Twenty-five years of service
Thirty-five years of service
As we conclude the 2014-15 school year, we celebrate happy news about people with whom we have studied, learned, and labored.
Brooke Vonderheide (BA 2015) received The George Herbert Walker III Award for Leadership, which is awarded to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the most significant combination of academic achievement and leadership during his or her student years at Webster University. The award comes with a $2,100 scholarship. Brooke graduated from Webster University this weekend, and is pursuing graduate work next semester at Ball State University.
Dr. Glen A. Bauer, Professor, Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of Music History, was awarded on Friday evening the 2015 William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award, generously funded by the William T. Kemper Foundation, recognizes faculty members who demonstrate teaching at its finest. Four Kemper Awards were presented: two for full-time faculty members on the St. Louis campus who each receive a $10,000 award, and two adjunct faculty members (all campuses and online) who each receive a $5,000 award.
Faculty members were also recently notified of promotions and changes of status as approved by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Carla Colletti and Prof. Martha Hart received Continuing Status and were promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Paul Davis received Continuing Status. Dr. Jeffrey Carter was promoted to Professor.
We celebrate these accomplishments as we close this extraordinary school year.
Here’s some exciting news for the fine arts programs, and for my boss:
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!