Trent’s speech

by Jeffrey Carter

Delivered by Dr. Trent Patterson on Sunday evening during the year-end choral concert . . .

Over the past several years, Webster University choirs have become an integral part of the longstanding choral tradition in the Saint Louis region. The students take their work seriously. They are talented, enthusiastic, hardworking, and committed to creating beautiful and expressive music. The growing number of our students who sing in the Bach Society of Saint Louis, the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, and in many area church choirs is a testament of our students’ diligence and musicianship.

The Chamber Singers have had a banner year, which began with an article in St. Louis Magazine last summer. They have literally performed all over the city – for the Saint Louis Rotary Club, the University Board of Trustees dinner at the Jewel Box in Forest Park, for a local chapter meeting of the American Guild of Organists, in churches, schools, retirement homes, but that is not all.

In January, the Chamber Singers were the featured collegiate choir at the 76th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association conference in Lake of the Ozarks. Seven weeks later in March, they were one of five college choirs from seven states chosen to perform for the Southwestern Divisional American Choral Directors Association Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Chamber Singers have sung at Vanderbilt University, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and yes, even at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Murfreesboro Tennessee for patrons during the complimentary buffet breakfast.

Since January, all three Webster choirs have received recognition due to the new choral pedagogy DVD, “How to make a good choir sound great,” which is being marketed across the country by GIA Publications.

Students, thanks to all of these activities and accomplishments, the Webster choral program is gaining a following in new places, as represented by new Department of Music students next fall from Illinois and Kansas, as well as by inquiries from states further away, such as Tennessee and Florida.

At this time, I would like to pay a special tribute to those students who are graduating and have made such a significant impact on Webster’s choral program. As I call your name, would you please step forward or stand up to be recognized.

Nora Benedict, 6 semesters in Chamber Singers

Katie Burger, 7 semesters in Concert Choir

Mary Beth Freitag, 3 semesters in Chamber Singers

Nicole Peach, 7 semesters in Concert Choir, 1 semester in Chamber Singers

Hannah Satterwhite, 2 semesters in Concert Choir, 6 semesters in Chamber Singers

Kristine Gage, 3 semesters in Concert Choir, 2 semesters in Chamber Singers

Lori Hoffman, 4 semesters in Chamber Singers

Dea Hudson, 7 semesters in Concert Choir, 1 semester in Chamber Singers

Tim Walter, 4 semesters in Concert Choir

Nathan Loseke, 4 semesters in Concert Choir

Domenic Mendoza, 2 semesters in Concert Choir, 6 semesters in Chamber Singers

Joey Otradovec, 1 semester in Concert Choir

Josiah Zigo, 2 semesters in Concert Choir

Thank you students for your dedication, your passion, and your commitment to musical excellence.