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Erin Bode '03, who teaches lyric writing and song writing, is experimenting with new ways of reaching audiences.

Erin Bode '03 Charts New Path in Songwriting

August 05, 2019

Erin Bode (BA ’03), Saint Louis-based singer/songwriter, is having a busy 2019. Her latest album, Here and Now, is available for download and on compact disc. Bode has also released the album on vinyl, a first for her. Bode, who teaches lyric writing and song writing in the Department of Music’s Bachelor of Music in Composition (Songwriting) major, is also experimenting with new ways of reaching audiences in the fast-changing world of popular music and recordings.

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Matt Vogel

In the News: Pickart on music career, Vogel's Big Bird in KC, Smith on media literacy, Laburda on mental health

July 25, 2019

Matt Pickart was a recent subject of "20Q," a feature that introduces readers to people involved in the area’s arts and entertainment community in The Gazette. ... Conservatory of Theatre Arts alumnus Matt Vogel and his work on "Sesame Street" was the focus of a July 10 Kansas City Star feature story. ... Julie Smith was quoted in Education Dive about a study that exposed the difficulties in trying to teach media literacy in K-12 environments. ... Webster alumna and licensed mental health counselor Mary Beth Laburda was a featured columnist in USA Today’s “Florida Today” section.

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McGee

Webster Presence Strong at Union Avenue Opera Summer Season

July 23, 2019

The Department of Music is represented throughout the Union Avenue Opera (UAO) summer 2019 season, with current students, alumni and adjunct faculty on stage, working on staff, and performing in the orchestra. The season continues with two more performances of "La Bohème" on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3; and with the regional premiere of "Glory Denied" Aug. 16, 17, 23 and 24.

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Chamberlin

Chamberlin's Music Available on SheetMusicPlus

July 15, 2019

Bob Chamberlin, emeritus professor of music, has listed many of his musical works on SheetMusicPlus, an internet-based retail outlet. "My motivation to do this...I've never been much of a promoter of my own music and never actively pursued publication whole-heartedly, being content to be self-published and sell copies if someone expressed interest. When I noticed other friends/composers promoting their scores via Facebook, I thought I should give it a try.”

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McGee performing in Webster University Opera Scenes, 2016

Vocal Performance Alumni Join Summer Opera Theatre

July 01, 2019

Webster University vocal performance alumni Brittany Graham, MM ’18 and Randell McGee, BM ’16 joined the cohort of Leigh Gerdine Young Artists this summer season at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Members of the program sing in the chorus as well as in supporting roles and/or cover for leading and featured roles in mainstage productions of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

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Werfelmann

Music's Werfelmann Named Finalist for The American Prize

June 11, 2019

David Werfelmann, associate professor and director of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program, has been named a finalist for The American Prize. He is recognized in the "instrumental chamber work" category for his composition Suite à l’antique. The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals.

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Chorus

Two Webster Choral Ensembles Hold Final Performances of 2018-19 May 4-5

May 02, 2019

Two of Webster’s choral ensembles will perform for the final time of the 2018-19 school year over the weekend of May 4-5. Both performances are free to attend. The Chamber Singers will perform Saturday, May 4 at 3 p.m. at the Siteman Cancer Center. Aurelia, Webster’s other choral ensemble, will perform Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Edward Jones Commons of the East Academic Building.

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Englis and Sargent: Favorite theatre designers in St. Louis.

In the News: Sargent, Englis favorite designers; fastest theatre production; Hill on air

April 30, 2019

Peter Sargent and Dottie Marshall Englis were named the region's favorite lighting and costume designers, respectively, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's annual "The Go! List of Arts." ... The students attempting to break the world record for "fastest theatre production" were featured on local NBC and CBS affiliates. ... Stuart Chapman Hill was on St. Louis On The Air discussing inclusivity and CHARIS: The St. Louis Women's Choir he directs.

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Keith Welsh

News Around Webster: Welsh, Hill, Guterman, Glaveanu

April 29, 2019

Keith Welsh presented "Karma or Anti-Karma: Teaching Thai Culture using Chart Korbjitti's 'The Judgment' at ASIANetwork conference. … Stuart Hill led two CHARIS Women’s Chorus concerts. … Gad Guterman presented at the 2019 Popular Culture Association’s national conference. … Vlad Glaveanu co-authored four chapters in the second edition of the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity.

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Tom Lange of Union Pacific

In the News: Balogun on Sudan; faculty at the border; Rothenbuhler, Lange on Bush train; Portnoy and Martin

April 26, 2019

Emmanuel Balogun published an editorial in the Washington Post analyzing African Union response to Sudan. ... Anne Geraghty-Rathert, Mary Ann Drake and Silvia Navia were interviewed on St. Louis Public Radio about assisting with health and legal services at the Mexico-U.S. border. ... Kim Portnoy and Jim Martin were interviewed on 107.3 RAF about Portnoy's latest CD, which Martin produced, and their teaching. ... Eric Rothenbuhler and alumnus Tom Lange were interviewed on Fox 2 about the Bush Funeral Train.

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Hill

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 about...to 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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Webster students will attempt to break the world record for fastest theatrical production.

Students Aim to Break World Record for Fastest Theatrical Production

April 22, 2019

On Sunday, April 28, a large group of Webster University Students, including thespians, technicians, stage designers, costumers, videographers, actors, and musicians will try to make history. They plan on designing, learning, rehearsing, and then performing a yet-to-be-named musical in record time.

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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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