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One of ten collegiate choirs selected to perform at biennial conference

Chamber Singers Selected to Perform at National Event

October 09, 2017

The Webster University Chamber Singers ensemble is one of 10 collegiate choirs selected to perform at the biennial conference of the National Collegiate Choral Association (NCCO). The performance in Baton Rouge is Friday, Nov. 3. St. Louis audiences will have a chance to see them perform in a free preview concert, open to all, on Monday, Oct. 30, at Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End.

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Lisa Brunette's new game

Around Webster: Brunette, Burkard, Antonakakis, Clewell-Portnoy-DeMarinis performance

October 04, 2017

Shawn Burkard's work is on display in the "Stray Rays in Grease" exhibition in Granite City. ... Lisa Brunette's new game, "Sender Unknown: The Woods," was featured in the App Store's "New Games We Love" listing. ... Nikos Antonakakis published an article on bond yield spreads in the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money. ... David Clewell's poetry will be accompanied by Kim Portnoy and Paul DeMarinis jazz in "No Hard Feelings" on Oct. 7.

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Neal Richardson

Remembering Neal Richardson, Music and Conservatory Faculty Member

September 12, 2017

The University community extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Neal Richardson, who taught musical theatre styles, musicianship skills, and song study; coached three generations of musical theatre students; and served as musical director for numerous productions at Webster. Services are Thursday, Sept. 14. Memorials may be made to the Neal Richardson Endowed Memorial Musical Theatre Scholarship or to Samuel United Church of Christ.

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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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