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Hill Leads Two CHARIS Women's Chorus Concerts April 26-27

April 25, 2019

Stuart Hill, director of Music Education in the Department of Music, will lead CHARIS, the St. Louis women’s chorus, in two weekend concerts April 26-27 at the Missouri History Museum. "In many ways I see it as a critical counterpart to my work here at Webster," said Hill. "CHARIS stands as a powerful example of what mission-oriented community music making is all make art and enjoy fellowship with each other, but also to sing repertoire and to engage in actions that uplift and support women and the LGBTQ community."

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Phyllis Nawrot (MAT '00) was featured in the Houston Chronicle for her Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award.

In the News: Goedereis, Miller-Struttmann, Patterson, Werfelmann, Nawrot '00

April 19, 2019

Eric Goedereis' insights on millennials during St. Louis On the Air can now be heard online. ... Nicole Miller-Struttmann also appeared on the show to discuss her bee research. ... School of Education alumna Phyllis Nawrot praised her time at Webster in a Houston Chronicle feature about her Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award. ... Trent Patterson and David Werfelmann will discuss Harmonices Mundi on Classic 107.3 FM Monday, April 22.

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Music Students Awarded Top Honors at Local NATS Chapter Auditions

February 27, 2019

Three Webster University music majors took top honors at the St. Louis-area chapter auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) on Feb. 23. Second-semester student Que Nguyen, and senior Tadhg Duhigg each ranked first in their respective divisions. Sophomore Caleb McCarroll received second place in his division.

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Music's Werfelmann Named Semi-Finalist for The American Prize

February 11, 2019

David Werfelmann, associate professor and director of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program, has been named a semi-finalist for The American Prize, recognized in the ‘instrumental chamber work’ category for his composition "Suite à l’antique." The work will be performed by Mieko Bergt and the Ariana String Quartet on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. in Moore Auditorium. Werfelmann also recently received a Faculty Research Grant for 2019-20 to support performance of the work this summer in Belgium at the College Music Society international conference.

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The recording of Portnoy's

Music Faculty Kim Portnoy, Carolbeth True Produce New Recordings

January 25, 2019

The Department of Music announces two new CD recordings by faculty members Kim Portnoy, director of music composition, and Carolbeth True, adjunct professor of jazz piano. Portnoy’s new album, "Caprice," features original chamber music recorded by Webster University faculty and other musicians from the Saint Louis area, spanning a period of fourteen years. The recording was supported by a Webster University Faculty Research Grant. In late 2018, True released "True Christmas," a collection of inventive reharmonizations of classic Christmas carols, filtered through a contemporary lens, on the Autumn Hill Jazz label.

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Aurelia Presents MMEA Preview Concert in Webster Groves

January 15, 2019

Aurelia, formerly known as the Webster University Women’s Chorus, presents a Hometown Preview Concert on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at Webster Hills United Methodist Church in Webster Groves, before the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference later this month. Aurelia’s repertoire celebrates a diverse array of pieces composed for treble voices, with a special emphasis on uplifting the work of living composers who are women. Admission is free.

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Carter Leads Music for Circus Harmony

January 08, 2019

Jeffrey Carter, professor and chair in the Department of Music, is currently acting as music director for Circus Harmony. Circus Harmony uses the teaching and performing of circus arts to motivate social change by building character in individuals and bridges between communities. As their music director, Carter is writing music for a six-piece circus band to accompany each performance. The group has six performances scheduled for January at the City Museum.

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Vincent C. Flewellen

In the News: Flewellen on NBC, Chess champs, Gaspar NATS award

January 03, 2019

Vincent C. Flewellen, chief diversity officer, was quoted multiple times on camera in a national NBC News story about “Witnessing Whiteness” programs, which create spaces for white people to confront their biases. ... The chess team won its record seventh consecutive Pan-Am Championship, garnering coverage in multiple news and chess publications. ... Carole Gaspar's NATS Lifetime Achievement Award was covered in the Troy Messenger.

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This year there are two

Music Students, Faculty in 'Gift to the City' Holiday Concert

December 05, 2018

For the tenth year in a row, Webster University music students and faculty will give St. Louis a performance to remember with the “Gift to the City” holiday concert at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis. This year, however, they've added an additional performance across the river, at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Belleville, Illinois.

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Ten Webster Alumni Honored with Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards

November 29, 2018

Ten alumni were honored with the prestigious Emerson Excellence in Teaching award earlier this month. Now in its 29th year, the award pays tribute to area educators – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – for their achievements and dedication to the field of education. Award recipients will have the opportunity to apply for a Gold Star Grant from Emerson that will be presented in spring 2019.

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Tom Cornell with his grandson in studio at Fox 2

In the News: Chamber Singers, Dean Cornell live; Leiden Digital Starters

November 26, 2018

The Chamber Singers performed live twice Friday morning on Fox 2 News, ahead of the Department of Music's annual "Gift to the City" concerts. ... Tom Cornell read a children’s book on air at Fox 2 Sunday morning, then discussed what to look for when buying books for toddlers as they learn to read. ... Webster Leiden's "Move it Forward: Female Digital Starters" event was featured by Dutch News.

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