Webster Chamber Singers Shine in Peabody Appearance with Josh Groban

Oct. 20, 2015

Chamber Singers Shine in Peabody Appearance with Josh Groban
Josh Groban speaks with the Webster Chamber Singers before their backing performance for his concert at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis.

When Josh Groban comes to town, thousands clamor to hear him sing. The lucky few get to sing with him.

The multiplatinum-selling star played to a sold-out crowd Oct. 19 at Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, where he was joined on stage by the Webster University Chamber Singers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch review by Daniel Durcholz praised the concert and described the Webster student singers providing "powerful backing" on "Anthem," from the musical "Chess," and on "You'll Never Walk Alone," from "Carousel."

Local Fox affiliate Fox2 also covered the students' appearance on multiple news broadcasts that day.

“We keep getting these calls,” said Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music in Webster's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, upon receiving the invitation to join Groban. “Once again Chamber Singers is the go-to collegiate choir in town.”

The Chamber Singers are directed by Trent Patterson, assistant professor of music, who guides a student choral group that has received several honors over the past few years. 

Webster Chamber Singers with Josh Groban
The Webster Chamber Singers backed Josh Groban on "Anthem" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."

This year, the Chamber Singers were selected to perform a new work during the reopening of the Pulitzer art museum. They also were named semifinalist in the college/university chorus division of The American Prize, a national non-profit multi-category competition in the performing arts.

Last year, the Chamber Singers were one of only five college choirs selected to perform during the main session concert at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) biennial divisional conference. In recent years, the group also backed Todd Rundgren at the Orpheum and performed vocals during the “Star Wars in Concert” tour.  

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