From the Chair: Music@Webster

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


The Beloit Mind-set list 2021 is published!



Carousel has closed at Union Avenue Opera, but I am delighted to have seen students and colleagues on stage.

Webster University is happily well-represented at Union Avenue Opera this summer!

Danielle Feinstein was in the chorus, and met up with alumni friends after the show:img_1329

Merry Keller, an adjunct professor, sang the immortal “You’ll never walk alone”:img_1326.jpg


We celebrate

Hunter Johnson.  Yay!

From Trent Patterson, Director of  Choral Studies: Congratulations to music education junior, Presidential Scholar, and Chamber Singers President Hunter Johnson. This guy is the real deal and then some. Things at Webster U are heating up… and we’re only getting started! #WebsterProud

From Stuart Hill, Director of Music Education: Hunter (I hope) already knows how very proud of him we are. What I want *you* out there in TV Land to know is that *this* is the kind of student we have in the Webster University Department of Music. Send us some more so they can be friends!

New semester student obligations

Good scholars,


I’m including a number of important things that you need to know about events in the next few weeks!!

1.  ENSEMBLE AUDITION information – including dates and times and repertoire – is posted at

Please note that ensemble auditions may commence before school starts; ensemble auditions take place before school begins and in the first two class days.  Please read carefully and plan accordingly!

Ensemble auditions includes: choirs, orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz ensembles all of kinds, opera.  Small chamber ensembles are formed separately.

2.  As we are finalizing the schedule course schedules and room locations, we must sometimes shift class meeting locations. Please check your class schedule carefully, as classrooms may be shifting even on the first two days of class…..  The room assignments in the computer will be the most current, so Connections is your friend!

**3.  All students giving a graduate, senior, junior, or optional RECITAL this year: you have a mandatory meeting with me in the Thompson House recital hall on TUESDAY 8/29 at 34 p.m.  This is truly mandatory!

**4.  Department of Music CONVOCATION is Thursday, 8/31, at 12 noon in Moore Auditorium.  This is a mandatory session for all music majors; it’s the only time this semester that we all gather in one place.  We will greet new students and meet new faculty and celebrate accordingly!  Again, this is a REQUIRED student meeting.  FREE LUNCH ON THE LAWN FOLLOWS!

5.  Study-abroad information meeting is set for Tuesday, 9/5 at 3.30 p.m. Location TBA.  All students even considering studying in Vienna in SP2 2018 should attend this meeting with Dr. Carter and representatives from the Study Abroad office.  Study abroad applications are due no later than September 15!  This meeting is also helpful for any freshman or sophomore considering study abroad at any of our campuses, including Athens, London, Thailand, Ghana, and Leiden.

6.  All NEW voice students (BA, BME, BM, except for vocal jazz majors) will sing briefly for voice faculty on Monday, August 28, between 3 and 4.30 p.m., in the Recital Hall.  This short sing-for-us allows us to assess quickly which voice teacher will be the best fit for you.  Don’t stress over this, but DO bring a short piece to perform, perhaps thinking of a piece you sang at your audition.

I’m anxious to see each of you!  As always, call or email with queries or thoughts…… 

All the best,

Dr. Jeffrey Carter


P.S. — new students (transfers and first-year) are scheduled for a meet/greet with faculty (and a beginning-of-college group photo!) on Friday, August 25 at 1.30 p.m.  This is part of your Orientation activities.  We expect all new students to attend!

Jeffrey R. Carter, D.M.A.
Professor & Chair, Department of Music
Webster University

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Dr. David Werfelmann spent a few weeks in Alaska this summer.  Take a read!

Saying so long

Over nearly 30 years, I have taught hundreds of voice students.  

Today I said a loving ‘so long’ to two of the most delightful students . . . two of the sweetest guys I know . . . two remarkable actors who will leave Saint Louis for the last time while I’m away later this week.

So a farewell dinner at Pho Grand was in order.  And gelato.

Four years ago, I wrote:

“We faculty feel something just as powerful, but more nuanced, for we know that our job is teach, inspire, impart, and love these students for a while, then send them on to the next step in their journey. Our journey is filled with a cycle of welcome/goodbye, something that happens every year. That longer view doesn’t lessen the loss we feel when a special student, a keen and eager and talented young musician and scholar, crosses the stage for the last time at college. But the longer view does help with some perspective and clarity.

“That I still say prayers of thanksgiving by name for some of my high school and college teachers (and mentors) is a testament of the long view that they took years ago in imparting their knowledge and wisdom to me. They paid it forward. I trust that I’m doing the same.”

These two are special students, with a wondrous bright future ahead of them.  

And I’m keenly feeling the bittersweetness of this ‘so long.’


My favorite Webster food service employee has died.

I just said ‘hi’ to her on Thursday as I was passing through Marletto’s.

Mary used to keep a fruit bowl for me, and always scolded me if I was purchasing French fries.

Mary, may flights of angels sing you to paradise.

“The Webster community extends condolences to the family and friends of Mary Marchlewski, who passed away Saturday night. Mary was a long-time employee for Campus Dining Services, working in catering, at Marletto’s, and the Library Cafe. She was beloved by the many students, faculty and staff she served and worked with over the years, including at Busch Stadium where she was also an usher for her St. Louis Cardinals. A visitation service will be held Wednesday, May 10, 4-9 p.m. at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton. Funeral mass is Thursday, May 11, 10 a.m. at St. Ambrose on the Hill.”