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Alma Mater Contest

Webster University Alma Mater Song Contest

September 1, 2014 - February 1, 2015

Webster University Centennial Alma Mater ContestWebster University is hosting an Alma Mater Contest open to Webster University faculty, staff, student body and alumni. Celebrating 100 years and counting, the creation of a new Alma Mater will better represent the mission of our university in the 21st century.

We invite you to submit your alma mater contest proposal through February 1, 2015. The new Webster Alma Mater will be announced at commencement in May 2015 and a $2,500 prize will be awarded to its creator.

The Details:

Prize: A cash prize of $2,500 will be awarded to the winning entrant. The new Alma Mater will be unveiled at Commencement in May 2015.

Participants: Alma Mater Contest is open to all Webster University faculty, staff, student body, and alumni. Participants will write both the poetry and the melody/harmony of the new alma mater. The alma mater text should celebrate Webster’s mission, vision, and values.

Musical Form: Most alma maters are built in four phrases or four phrases and a chorus. They are often hymn-like. Appropriate musical forms include the AABA song form, ABAB form, and the verse/chorus form. We urge participants in the contest to review the alma mater of other schools (try an on-line search, where you will find many examples), and to compose an alma mater that is rhymed, hymnlike in both text and music, and easily singable. The word “Webster” should of course appear in the text. The tune should be memorable and appropriate for use at all ceremonial events. A length of 16-32 measures is required. Participants may include more than one verse, but only one verse is required and only the first verse included will be judged.

Finalists: All contestants agree that, should their submission be selected as a finalist, that submission becomes the intellectual property of Webster University, in accordance with the terms and conditions indicated on the intellectual property release form. Finalists also agree to the re-recording of their submissions if necessary to ensure a consistent quality for all recordings to be voted on by leadership. Finalists also agree that Webster University retains full rights to cause renditions and arrangements of the alma mater to be created, recorded, and distributed.

The Alma Mater Team (composed of students, faculty, and alumni) will select from three to five finalist submissions based on the overall quality of the lyrics and music. Members of the team will pay particular attention to the appropriateness of the lyrics (celebrating Webster’s mission, vision, and values) as well as to the marriage of lyrics and music.

The new alma mater will be chosen by the President and other senior academic and student leadership. In the event that fewer than three submissions are found to be acceptable either by the Team, or by the University, the Contest may be extended and deadlines adjusted accordingly.

Contact:

Dr. Jeffrey Carter
Chair of the Department of Music and Centennial sub-committee chair
jeffreycarter67@webster.edu

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