Preparatory Program | Webster University

Preparatory Program


 Preparatory Program QuartetThe Preparatory Program (Prep) is designed to augment the individual music study of exceptionally talented string, woodwind, brass, 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. The curriculum is centered on chamber music and also includes theory, ear training, music history and literature, performance classes, and special events such as recitals, master classes, and guest lectures. The Preparatory Program seeks to offer the resources and opportunities necessary to support tomorrow's professional musicians.

2017-18 Concerts 

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. 

Instruments:  Most advanced string, wind, and piano students who are well into the concerto level repertoire. Brass students may be admitted, provided there is suitable repertoire for instrumentation and adequate enrollment.
Ages:  students in grades 9-12. Younger students may be considered, based on teacher recommendation.
Rehearsals:  vary, once per week
Group class:  second Wednesday of the month from 6-9 p.m. 

 Vera Parkin, Artistic Director 

Vera Parkin 

B.M and M.M. Piano Performance with chamber music certificate, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; undergraduate studies at Northwestern University; doctoral work at Washington University; teachers include Gui Mombaerts, Ruth Slenczynska, and Seth and Maryse Carlin; keyboardist, St. Louis Symphony since 1987; adjunct professor of piano, Webster University; staff accompanist, Webster University, UMSL, and Community Music School of Webster University; former Artist Presentation Society winner; former Director of Student Life and teaching artist, Innsbrook Institute. St. Louis Symphony's Music Educator of the Year, 2011.

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The Preparatory Program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.