Reignite Concert | Webster University

CMS Preparatory Program Welcomes Reignite for Special Tour Stop

ReIgnite photoSeptember 23, 2019 - On October 9th, at 7:00 pm the Community Music School will host Reignite, a Nashville-based band of electric strings and percussion.  Reignite was founded by CMS alum Tim Kampen, a student of CMS faculty member Cathie Lehr (cello) and a graduate of the CMS Preparatory Program under Vera Parkin.  The concert will be at the CMS Concert Hall on the campus of Webster University and will be followed by a question and answer session with audience members.  This free concert is sponsored by the Preparatory Program of the Community Music School of Webster University and open to the general public.  Free parking is available in the Garden Plaza Parking Garage at 554 Garden Avenue.  The CMS Concert Hall is just down the street at 568 Garden Avenue in Webster Groves.  For more information, please call 314-968-5939 or visit

More about CMS Alum, Tim Kampen

CMS Alum, Tim Kampen is the founder and cellist of Reignite. While attending Belmont University in Nashville to study entrepreneurship and pursue his dreams of playing contemporary cello, his playing was featured on PBS as a solo cellist in Belmont Strings. As part of Belmont's Jazz String Quartet, he studied with Tracy Silverman, a founding member of the famed Turtle Island String Quartet. This quartet gave him the vision to expand strings outside the box they are typically put in. 

Upon graduation, Tim’s contemporary styles were sought out by Barrage 8 for the 2017-2018 tour. During this tour, he was an artist in residence and courtesy faculty at FGCU . Tim was later selected to be one of two cellists to play in China with the Hollywood Film Music Orchestra for the 2017 Nanjing Forest Festival series with the principal touring conductor of La La Land in Concert. Tim has played for artists such as JohnnySwim, Brantley GilbertDevin Dawson at world-renowned venues like the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. and Orpheum Theatre. He now is innovating a new tuning for cello and is composing for his jazz group, Expedition along with Reignite.

More About the Preparatory Program at the Community Music School

The Preparatory Program (Prep) is a chamber music-based program designed to augment the individual music study of exceptionally talented string, wind, and piano students who anticipate pursuing a career in music. Utilizing the vast artistic resources of the Greater St. Louis region, including the St. Louis Symphony, area University and other music professionals, and our own Community Music School and Webster University faculty, the Preparatory Program offers high caliber instruction, performance opportunities, and artistic mentoring in one comprehensive curriculum. In addition to chamber music, the curriculum includes theory, ear training, music history and literature, performance classes, and special events such as student solo and guest recitals, master classes, guest lectures, and public service projects. The Preparatory Program seeks to offer the resources and opportunities necessary to support tomorrow's professional musicians.

More about the Community Music School of Webster University

The Community Music School of Webster University offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities in the St. Louis region and beyond.  Our programs are designed to take a student from pre-school through adulthood. Our faculty includes world-class performers who are also master teachers.

  • More than 2,000 students birth to 80 years
  • Over 90 professional music educators
  • Multiple St. Louis area locations