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Catch scenes performed by Webster students, directed by Jacob Lassetter.

Opera Studio Presents Spring Scenes April 20-21

April 19, 2018

Webster University Opera Studio presents spring scenes performed by Webster students, directed by Jacob Lassetter, with Sandra Geary on piano. "A Family Affair" features scenes from Little Women, Eugene Onegin, Hansel and Gretel, Die Fledermaus and more. Admission is free in the Community Music School Friday and Saturday, April 20-21.

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Deadlines begin as early as May 11

Audition Applications Accepted for Community Music School's Orchestras and Ensembles

April 12, 2018

The Community Music School (CMS) of Webster University is now accepting applications for auditions for their orchestras and ensembles including String Ensemble, String Orchestra, Young People's Concert Orchestra, Young People's Symphonic Orchestra, the Preparatory Program (chamber music), and Percussion Ensemble. Band and string students ages 7 through high school are encouraged to apply and audition. Deadlines begin as early as May 11.

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Music faculty member Debby Lennon won Best Actress in a Comedy for her performance in

Webster Faculty, Alumni, Student Shine in St. Louis Theater Circle Awards

March 30, 2018

Twenty-five percent of the nominees for the 2018 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards had ties to Webster University, and this week we learned that several faculty, alumni and a current student were among the winners. Congratulations to faculty Lara Teeter and Debby Lennon, alumni Jim Butz, Peter and Margery Spack and Sydnie Grosberg Ronga, and current student Evan Addams.

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 Associate Music Professor Kim Portnoy was one of 10 artists in the St. Louis region selected to receive a $20,000 fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.

Professor Portnoy Selected for Regional Arts Fellowship

March 13, 2018

Associate Music Professor Kim Portnoy was one of 10 artists in the St. Louis region selected to receive a $20,000 fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. The award was announced late last month. The award is part of the five-year-old Artist Fellowship program and is designed to allow each artist to further develop their career.

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Be a member of a live radio broadcast and enjoy selections by Bach, Chopin, Mozart and more

Be Part of a Live Radio Broadcast With Community Music School

February 28, 2018

The Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) invites you to a be a part of a live radio broadcast on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. The concert will be held at the Centene Auditorium with a reception to follow. Support Jerry Chang and the Community Music School chamber ensembles by being an enthusiastic audience and hear selections by Bach, Chopin, Mozart and more!

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NATS

Music Education Students Sweep Top Honors at NATS Competition

February 28, 2018

Three Webster University music education majors took top honors at the Saint Louis-area chapter auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) on Feb. 24. First-year student Sarah Merrifield, sophomore Michaela Cruse, and junior Faith Boyd each won their respective divisions at the annual event. All are students of Heather McKenzie Patterson, adjunct professor of voice.

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Jeffrey Carter is professor and chair of the Department of Music.

Messing Award: Carter to Visit Vienna, Strengthen Music Curriculum

February 28, 2018

The 2018 recipient of the Wilma and Roswell Messing Jr. Faculty Award is Jeff Carter, professor and chair in the Department of Music in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. The award is presented annually to a full-time faculty member for a summer activity that strengthens his or her curriculum and that improves the teaching/learning experience. Carter will spend three weeks in Vienna this summer pursuing a variety of avenues to enhance music curriculum at Webster.

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Paul Davis conducts.

Webster University Orchestra Presents World Premiere Feb. 25

February 23, 2018

The Webster University Orchestra, under the direction of Paul Davis, will perform a new work by fellow music professor Kim Portnoy on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Community Music School. "Ink on Water" is the middle movement of an orchestral suite composed last year as a sabbatical project. The suite, “Three Pieces After Pictures by Benson Portnoy,” is inspired by the digital fractal computer art of the composer’s brother, Benson Portnoy.

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The festival celebrates band, choir, theater, and visual art

Choral Faculty Lead Festival Choirs from Tennessee to India

February 15, 2018

Department of Music faculty recently led festival choirs from Tennessee to New Delhi. Trent Patterson, director of Choral Studies, and Stuart Chapman Hill, director of Music Education, were invited guest conductors for the two-day Rutherford County Choral Festival in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the end of January. The following week, Hill was the first guest choral conductor in the history of the three-day Middle East South Asia Conference Senior Arts Festival (MESAC), held in New Delhi, India.

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Brewer was joined by over two dozen students and faculty

Christine Brewer Closes Fourth Voice Instruction Residency

February 05, 2018

Renowned American soprano Christine Brewer closed her Spring 2018 residency with a vocal concert on Friday, Feb. 2. The performance featured more than two dozen students and faculty from the Department of Music. Students involved in the project represent six different programs in the music department. Brewer’s fourth annual residency focused on the forgotten voices of composers who were imprisoned at, or passed through, the Terezin concentration camp during World War II.

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The Euclid Quartet will perform a free concert on Feb. 3

8th Annual St. Looey Chamber Blitz features the Euclid Quartet Feb. 3

January 29, 2018

The Community Music School of Webster University hosts a free concert with The Euclid Quartet on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m., in the CMS Concert Hall. This concert is part of the CMS Preparatory Program's Annual St. Looey Chamber Blitz, a weekend intensive featuring an ensemble-in-residence, and a free concert. As part of the concert, the Euclid Quartet will be joined by students from the CMS Preparatory Program and paired onstage with younger CMS string players.

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The recital will be on Saturday, Feb. 17

Music Inspired by Love of Country: a recital with CMS Faculty

January 18, 2018

The Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) invites you to a Spring concert featuring some of their distinguished faculty on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. The concert will be held at the CMS Concert Hall located at 535 Garden Avenue and features a repertoire that echoes the composer's love of country. The concert is FREE and open to the public.

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