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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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High School Student Ryan Jacobs Records With Webster University Chamber Singers

October 02, 2019

High school student Ryan Jacobs is one of four winners of the 2019 Student Composers Competition. Jacobs’ winning composition was recorded by Webster University Chamber Singers. Since 2004, the Young Composers Competition has recognized and encouraged the efforts of those between the ages of 12 and 21 who are involved in the creative process of composing music. Awardees will have their works performed by musicians from Chamber Music St. Louis at a public concert that is professionally recorded

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David Werferlmann

David Werfelmann Premieres 'On Vitreous Forms' on Sept. 7

September 03, 2019

David Werfelmann, assistant professor of the Department of Music, is an award-winning American composer of instrumental, vocal, and electronic music whose works are widely performed and recorded by ensembles and soloists throughout the United States. On Sept. 7, David will premiere his new piece called "On Vitreous Forms."

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Erin Bode

In the News: Bode '03 on transferring, Alvarez '16 'Hot New Face,' Smith on literacy

August 30, 2019

Erin Bode '03 discussed the benefits and opportunities from her undergraduate transfer to Webster during a KTRS radio interview about her recording career. ... Cher Alvarez '16 was featured in the Chicago Tribune's "Hot New Faces: 10 new Chicago actors you should know." ... Julie Smith discussed media literacy during an interview on the parenting-focused podcast "Moxie Minutes with Gia."

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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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