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Kathryn Smith Bowers

Remembering Kathryn Smith Bowers, Emerita Professor of Music

July 07, 2020

The Webster University community extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Kathryn Smith Bowers, emerita professor of Music, who passed away June 30 in Boulder, Colorado. Bowers retired from Webster University in 2010, after 24 years on the faculty. She served as director of choral activities and music education in the Department of Music. She established the MM in Sacred Music, and led the popular Summer Sings series. Before coming to Webster University, she taught at Butler University in Indianapolis.

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Balazs Szanto

In the News: MacNeill on inequality, Szanto on Vietnam, alumni in news

July 06, 2020

Allan MacNeill was quoted extensively by CNBC regarding racial wealth inequalities and how they perpetuate social injustice. ... Balaz Szanto was quoted by DAP News about the ASEAN member conference and how Vietnam is positioning itself in border disputes. ... Alumnus Ken Lorentzen co-wrote an article for the U.S. Army website about artificial intelligence and data strategy in the Army. ... Webster University was mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine in a profile on John Zorn, who studied music at Webster before beginning his legendary composing career.

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Alex Rudd, Singin' in the Rain

Webster At Home: Aurelia virtual choir; Philosophy Capstone via Webex; Musical theatre student project

May 12, 2020

Conservatory of Theatre Arts student Alex Rudd completed a video project assignment in Webster Groves, performing the notable scene from movie Singin' in the Rain. ... The singers in Aurelia have completed their first virtual choir, conducted by Assistant Professor Stuart Chapman Hill. ... The Philosophy Department held its traditional end-of-year Capstone Colloquium via WebEx this year.

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Fisher

Remembering Arden Fisher, Longtime Community Music School Donor

April 15, 2020

The Webster University community mourns the passing of longtime Community Music School (CMS) friend, supporter and benefactor Arden Fisher on April 10. Arden and her late husband Harry (d. Nov. 19, 2019) were generous and active supporters of the CMS for decades. Some of their contributions include the Arden and Harry Fisher Endowed Piano Scholarship; the Arden and Harry Fisher Endowed Woodwind Scholarship; initiating and sponsoring the CMS Young Composers Competition.

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brewer

Brewer Week Wraps Up with Concert Focused on Women Composers

March 05, 2020

Acclaimed American soprano, Christine Brewer, finished her annual residency at Webster University on Friday. She was joined in a festive concert by more than a dozen students from the Department of Music. For more than a decade, Brewer has been Visiting Professor of Music in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. She conducts master classes each Fall semester, and then spends a week each Spring semester teaching voice lessons, giving talks, coaching students, and joining students for a themed concert.

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feinstein

Recent Webster Music Alumni Impacting the Local Music Scene

February 12, 2020

Webster University Department of Music alumni continue to be active in the St. Louis music scene. “We always say that we are the go-to music program in this area, and our alumni live that out,” said Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music. Click through for more about where each of the Music alumni may be seen performing everything from opera to jazz, and even with the circus!

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Stuart Chapman Hill

Around Webster: Jostedt, Umbaugh on Neil Young; Hill on teaching music; Tuncel appointment

February 06, 2020

Music education director Stuart Chapman Hill is the co-author of "Musicianship for Teaching," in the Oxford Handbook of Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States. ... Philosophy faculty members Mike Jostedt and Bruce Umbaugh each contributed to "Neil Young and Philosophy," the latest in the Philosophy of Popular Culture series. ... Ece Tuncel was appointed associate editor at Group Decision and Negotiation," a journal focused on the process of group decision and negotiation.

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Carter Leads Music for Circus Harmony, Tickets Available

January 10, 2020

Jeffrey Carter, professor and chair in the Department of Music, is currently working as the music director and composer for Circus Harmony, a St. Louis’ only social circus organization, that uses circus art to motivate social change. Carter has written the music for the show titled FLUENTE, an underwater circus adventure, suitable for all ages, with performances are Jan. 18-19 and Jan. 26-26. Bandmembers also includes sophomore music major Noah Lovins, Community Music School's Joe Winters and Music alumnus Jake Stergos.

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chamber singers

Busy December for Chamber Singers, Including 'Home Alone' Screening with STL Symphony

December 11, 2019

The Webster University Chamber Singers, the flagship choral ensemble in the Department of Music, performed the Vivaldi Gloria concert on Dec. 7, and joined the Bach Society on Dec. 10 at Powell Hall for the annual Bach Society holiday concert. Members of the Webster choirs Aurelia and Chorale finish the fall 2019 semester with two performances along with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in the live screening of the 1990 holiday classic "Home Alone," complete with John Williams’ whimsical score, at Powell Hall on Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21.

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Professor Emeritus Allen Carl Larson donates a cache of historic letters to Webster University Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble during a guest lecture earlier this week. The letters were between the Sisters of Loretto and hotel magnet Conrad Hilton and they show how the sisters convinced Hilton to fund most of the construction of the Webster University Loretto-Hilton Center.

Historic Correspondence to Conrad Hilton from Sisters of Loretto Donated to Archives

December 05, 2019

Five folders filled with original copies of correspondence between the Sisters of Loretto and hotel magnate Conrad Hilton were donated to the University archives on Dec. 3. The letters were written nearly six decades ago, regarding the solicitation for funding for the construction of a performing arts building, which became the Webster University Loretto-Hilton Center.

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Fisher

Remembering Harry Fisher, Community Music School Donor

December 03, 2019

The Webster University community mourns the passing of longtime Community Music School (CMS) supporter and benefactor Harry Fisher on Nov. 19. Harry and his wife, Arden, have been generous and active supporters of the CMS for decades. Some of their contributions include the Arden and Harry Fisher Endowed Piano Scholarship; the Arden and Harry Fisher Endowed Woodwind Scholarship; initiating and sponsoring the CMS Young Composers Competition.

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Allen Carl Larson's 'The Sisters Backstage'

In the News: 'Sisters Backstage,' CMS student, Jane Austen festival

November 22, 2019

Professor Emeritus Allen Carl Larson will be interviewed on St. Louis Public Radio's "St. Louis on the Air" program at noon Dec. 3 to discuss his new book exploring correspondence between the Sisters of Loretto and Conrad Hilton to fund the Webster University Loretto-Hilton Center. ... Community Music School student Jerry Chang was highlighted at STLtoday h as he advanced to a national piano competition. ... The announcement for the upcoming Jane Austen festival was in Broadway World.

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music

[Video] Music Students Showcase Talents at Scholarship Recital

November 19, 2019

The Department of Music at Webster University’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts held its annual scholarship recital for the Department of Music on Nov. 5, recognizing all music majors receiving endowed scholarships. Twenty students performed, showcasing their accomplished vocal and instrumental talent. Hear them discuss what the scholarships mean to them.

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music

Music Majors Win Top Honors at NATS Chapter Auditions

October 15, 2019

Webster University music majors took top honors at the St. Louis-area chapter auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) on Oct. 12, hosted by Webster University. Winning first place in their divisions were sophomore Madalyn Tomkins, sophomore Caleb McCarroll (winning first in both musical theatre and classical division), senior Olivia Bosaw, senior Madeleine Buckley, and graduate student Amy Mazzeo. Conservatory of Theatre Arts junior Savannah Smith won first place in her musical theatre division, and first-year music major Kelly Beekman won second place in her division.

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Part of the Webster crew during their first litter cleanup in Rolla.

In the News: Rolla adopts highway, Owsley on music faculty, Eaton '06 design

October 02, 2019

The Rolla campus' student-initiated adoption of a stretch of Highway 72 was covered in the Rolla Daily News. ... Jameson Eaton '06 was profiled for his "illustrious career as a hairstylist and wig designer" for TV and film. ... Jazz historian and radio host Dennis Owsley sung the praises of Webster music faculty in a story about his new book on jazz in St. Louis.

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