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Faculty Member's 'Pianos for People' an Arts Innovator of the Year

August 11, 2017

Patricia Eastman, adjunct professor of piano, presented about Pianos for People at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Eastman is co-founder of Pianos for People, which received the 2017 Regional Arts Commission “Arts Innovator of the Year” award. The unique nonprofit is quickly gaining national attention for addressing the diminishing presence of pianos in households, and the increasing number of pianos that are abandoned or destroyed.

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Hunter Johnson, music education major

Music Education Student Wins MCDA Award for Outstanding Choral Composition

August 06, 2017

Webster University music education major and Presidential Scholar Hunter Johnson is the 2017 recipient of the Opus Award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association. The Opus Award recognizes an outstanding choral composition by a Missouri composer. Johnson won for his choral work "Stars," with poetry by St. Louis native Sara Teasdale.

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Daniel Schene, director of Piano Studies at Webster University

Piano Studies Director Teaching Academy Teens

July 31, 2017

During summer breaks from teaching at a global university, Webster University music professor and director of Piano Studies Daniel Schene can be found teaching promising pre-college piano students from across the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. A member of the Indiana University Piano Academy faculty since its founding in 1985, Schene says he always returns from the experience with new ideas about music and teaching.

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Lauren Honz '16 earned a bachelor of music education at Webster University.

Honz '16 Named Conductor for St. Louis Children's Choirs

July 24, 2017

Lauren Honz (BME ’16) has been named conductor of one of the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. The choirs include about 450 talented young singers (ages 6 to 18) from more than 200 schools and 85 zip codes in Missouri and Illinois. While at Webster, Honz received the prestigious Peggy Fossett Endowed Music Scholarship and the Jean Sinor Memorial Scholarship, as well as the highly competitive Tresa Jo Wilson Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Missouri Choral Directors Association.

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Composing on the shores of Lake Clark, Alaska

Webster Music Professor Selected Artist in Residence on Lake Clark, Alaska

July 18, 2017

David Werfelmann, assistant professor in the Department of Music, was artist in residence at the Chulitna Lodge Wilderness Retreat in Alaska this summer. Werfelmann was among 15 artists selected for a residency at Chulitna from over 200 applicants through a juried selection process. It's the second consecutive summer he has gone "off the grid" for creative pursuits, this time collecting and setting texts for a new choral work to be premiered by the Webster University Chamber Singers.

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Lassetter singing in Italy

Voice Professor, Student, Alumna in Italy for Symposium

July 05, 2017

Jacob Lassetter, associate professor of voice in the Department of Music, is singing and teaching this month at the Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium in Robbiate, Italy. Webster student Sophie Shugart and alumna Kait Turner are participating in this year’s program, receiving lessons, coaching, movement, conversational Italian instruction, and performance opportunities.

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Stuart Chapman Hill, director of Music Education

Webster Music Education Director, Choral Teacher in Residence in North Carolina

June 21, 2017

Stuart Chapman Hill, director of Music Education in the Department of Music, is teaching this summer at the Governor’s School of North Carolina, a residential summer enrichment program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students. A published composer and researcher, Hill is assistant professor of music in the Webster University Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, where he leads the Women’s Chorus and teaches courses in choral music education.

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Martha J. Hart

Hart Mentors Singers in Opera Theatre Program

June 14, 2017

Martha J. Hart, director of Vocal Studies in the Webster University Department of Music, has completed another year of teaching for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Spring Training program. The two-week program provides high school students with an introduction to the on-stage and backstage world of opera production. Each week culminates in a solo performance and a group scene following time spent in voice lessons, music rehearsal, staging, makeup and movement sessions, plus master classes.

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Community Music School

Community Music School Student Joins Muny Orchestra

June 06, 2017

Community Music School student and recent graduate of Ladue High School, Nathan Hsu, has been offered a cello section position with The MUNY Orchestra for the summer 2017 season. Nathan started with CMS in the Suzuki program with Mary Lou Gotman and continued his cello studies with CMS faculty member, Catherine Lehr.

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Carter Directs 'Sweet Smell of Success' with Students in Band

May 31, 2017

Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music, returns to musical theatre direction this week as "The Sweet Smell of Success" opens on Friday, June 2, and runs Thursday/Friday/Saturday through June 24 at New Line Theatre. With his fourth recent production, Carter says, “I view these shows as application of what we teach in the Bachelor of Music music direction program in the Department of Music." Two students are also in the band.

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Opera Scenes presented by the Department of Music

Webster University Presents Opera Scenes April 28-29

April 27, 2017

Webster University proudly presents the Spring Opera Scenes under the direction of Alice Nelson. Students perform scenes from Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito; Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites; Kurt Weill's Street Scene; Richard Strauss' Arabella; Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street; Cavalli's L'Ormindo; and Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado accompanied by Sandra Geary, pianist.

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David Werfelmann

Werfelmann's Work "Fractals in the Afterglow" Featured in New Album of Music for Saxophone, Piano

April 17, 2017

Assistant professor of music David Werfelmann's work 'Fractals in the Afterglow' is featured in a new album by Andrew Harrison titled 'In the City: New Works for Saxophone and Piano.' Werfelmann wrote his piece in 2014 and Harrison later commissioned and recored it. This work, 'Fractals in the Afterglow,' is a kind of meditation on the notion that fractals really are everywhere in the known universe, the afterglow of the bigbang.

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katherine luh

Webster Alumna, Doctoral Student Wins Teacher of the Year

April 07, 2017

Webster University alumna and current doctoral student Katherine Luh has been recognized as Teacher of the Year at Hodge Elementary School in the Fox C-6 School District. When asked what she teaches, she often replies, “I teach children to love and make music.” This love of music and dedication to share that love of music with her students is evident in everything she does. She believes children learn best using familiar music and easily accessible instruments.

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Olivia Bosaw

Vocal Performance Student Featured on HEC-TV

April 04, 2017

Webster University freshman vocal performance major Olivia Bosaw is featured on HEC-TV, a local leading producer of education and arts television programming. The video tells the story of how Bosaw's talents were cultivated at an early age, showing her evolution through performance clips from her primary school - high school, local theater starring roles, Artists For a Cause duet with Terry Barber at the Sheldon, Webster University’s Opera Scenes and her moving Puccini aria solo, “O Mio Babbino Caro” accompanied by Donna Vince.

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