Soprano's Visit Includes Master Class, Benefits Nigh Opera Scholarship Fund

Nov. 15, 2017

Soprano's Master Class Teaches Music Students, Benefits Scholarship Fund
A panel discussion with local music and theater leaders kicked off Brewer's Fall 2017 visit.

Visiting Professor of Music Christine Brewer, one of the world’s leading operatic sopranos, led a panel discussion on Tuesday evening as part of her fall 2017 visit to Webster University's main campus in Webster Groves.

Brewer was joined by old friends Scott Schoonover (center), artistic director of Union Avenue Opera and musical director for Webster University opera scenes; and Tim Ocel (right), a versatile stage director who teaches in Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts musical theatre program.

The three discussed the various roles of artist and directors in auditions, rehearsals and performance.

Master Class, Spring Residency

Brewer continues her Fall 2017 mini-residency on Wednesday, Nov. 15, with a master class teaching session with a half dozen Department of Music students, at 7.30 p.m. in the Community Music School concert hall. The master class event is a benefit for the Nigh Opera Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $15 at the door; students of any kind are always admitted free of charge.

Long recognized as a willing partner with educational institutions, Brewer continues to teach, adjudicate, and perform around the world. Now beginning her second decade as Visiting Professor of Music in the Department of Music, she will return to Webster University in Spring 2018 with a week-long teaching residency focused on music from the Holocaust. 

About the Department of Music at Webster

Webster University's music program provides all Webster students an opportunity to perform in students ensembles, and to study music theory in classes and performance in private lessons. Many students take music classes designed for non-majors, such as jazz, world music, and art music appreciation courses.

Nine programs are designed for music majors, including a full gamut of performance degrees, a general music major that is often combined with a non-arts major, music composition, two music education certification areas, and jazz and music technology. Many music majors opt for a time in Vienna during the junior year of study.

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