From the Chair: Music@Webster

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


Erik Harris

Erik Harris, principal bass with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, is our double bass teacher at Webster University.

He’s featured in a video from the SLSO:



Fight Song recording

Several students and I went to Shock City Studio in Saint Louis last week, and recorded a vocals version of the Webster University fight song.

Here’s the recording.

Michael Hillstrom’s (BM ’94) “Go, Go, Gorloks” has now been recorded by the Webster University Wind Ensemble, and with student voices.  The circle is complete.



Webster University ensembles

Two concerts in four days . . . .  We are busy indeed!

The Wind Ensemble debuts Monday evening under the direction of Dr. Paul Davis, in his first performance with this group.

Details here.


And our three choral ensembles delivered their first concert of the new school year on Friday evening.  Dr. Stuart Chapman Hill debuted with the Women’s Chorus, and Dr. Trent Patterson led Chamber Singers and Concert Choir.

One of our alums attended with his girlfriend, who wrote on Facebook: “We both left in awe of how amazing the choirs sounded. The Chamber Singers produced a sound that was unbelievable and at one point had me asking myself, ‘is this really human voices creating this sound?’ The Chamber Singers even performed a piece composed by one of their own members, which was magnificent and so incredibly beautiful.”


Women’s Chorus.


Concert Choir.

A new YouTube channel

The Webster University choral program has developed a YouTube channel with two dozen performances spanning the last five years.

Check it out!

Christine Brewer

Christine Brewer joined us again this week for a talk and for master class with seven advanced students.

Here’s a link to the news release about her visit.

Christine worked with some wonderful students, including Jessica Barnes:



Webster University Chamber Orchestra

The Webster University Chamber Orchestra posed for a formal photo before tonight’s concert.

Dr. Paul G. Davis conducts the ensemble.


Cameron White

Cameron White, senior music education major, is in the news: