Choral season begins
by Jeffrey Carter
Fresh from a stunningly successful Spring 2014 concert series, the Webster University Chamber Singers, led by Trent Patterson, kick off the new choral season on Friday, October 10.
This performance also features the premiere of educator and conductor Emily Pikaard as the new leader of the Webster University Women’s Chorus.
An eclectic program of repertoire for mixed choir and treble voices includes works by Josquin des Prez, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Samuel Barber, Norman Dello Joio, Moses Hogan, as well as works by some of today’s most prolific American choral composers.
Webster University Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 24 singers that performs choral literature from all historical periods, many world cultures and styles. Recent large-scale choral works performed include Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Copland’s In the beginning, and Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 588. Comprised of music majors and several students from other disciplines, the ensemble tours annually and represents the Department of Music at university events and community functions throughout the Saint Louis region. In March 2014, Chamber Singers performed for the Southwestern Divisional American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Two months prior in January, they were the headline college/university choir for the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference at Tan-Tar-A. The Chamber Singers have sung in master classes for the British a cappella ensembles Stile Antico and Voces 8, and for eminent conductors Charlene Archibeque, David Rayl (November 2014), and Trey Jacobs through Webster-sponsored artist residencies. The Chamber Singers are featured in the DVD How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great with Charlene Archibeque, which is available through GIA Publications.
ON THIS CONCERT:
Women’s Chorus, Emily Pikaard, conductor; Stephen Eros, pianist
Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, Dr. Trent Patterson, conductor; Joe Neske, pianist
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Location: Community Music School of Webster University
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $3 general admission; free to all students of any kind; free to Webster University faculty and staff with ID