by Jeffrey Carter
What an extraordinary concert . . . and afternoon . . . this was!
Bob Chamberlin is the senior faculty member in the Department of Music. During his time at Webster, Bob has also been Director of the London campus, Acting Dean of Students, and Director of Academic Advising.
The one constant in Bob’s long career has been his creative life as a composer (along with his marriage to the delightful Jan, and his other roles as father, organist, and punster).
Bob is quick-witted, ever-smiling, and one of the most genuinely lovely people I know. I value his guidance and wisdom, and respect him tremendously.
Two years ago, our colleague Pat Partridge, Canon Musician at Christ Church Cathedral, suggested that one of the concerts on the Shepley Series there feature music by Bob. Today was the day.
Over the course of 90 minutes, we heard Bob’s music sung by choirs, played by a tuba, rung by handbells. There was organ, piano, percussion, flute, strings, brass. And a bagpipe.
We heard hymn tunes. And songs about fish. Aleatory music, and carefully crafted toccatas.
The breadth and inventiveness of this extraordinary man . . . and the humor he brings to everything he does . . . was truly present today.
Add to that a full house and an appreciative audience, and one has a wonderful April afternoon.