Preparatory Program | Webster University

Preparatory Program


 Preparatory Program QuartetThe 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.

Online Application for Audition


Age Requirement:  students in grades 9-12. Younger students may be considered, based on teacher recommendation.
Application Deadline: Friday, August 23, 2019
Audition Dates:   Saturday, September 7, 2019 9am-2pm and
Monday, September 9, 2019 6-9pm

Who should apply:

  • Most advanced string, wind, and piano students who are well into the concerto level repertoire.

  • In grades 9-12.  Younger students may be considered, based on teacher recommendation.

  • Studying privately on the instrument on which they will audition.

  • Highly motivated and who anticipate pursuing music study at the collegiate or conservatory level.

Enrollment is limited to 35 students.

Audition Requirements

CLICK HERE for the Suggested Audition Repertoire

Each student will have 10 minutes to audition.  Although jurors may hear only a portion of the repertoire, students should prepare all required material specified below:

  • Two (2) contrasting pieces or movements to best demonstrate technical and musical ability.  Memorization is suggested by not required.  Accompanists are not required; students may elect to bring their own accompanists.

  • Sight-reading excerpts will be selected by the jurors for the audition.

  • All major and melodic minor scales.

      • Piano:  4 octaves plus harmonic minor scales
      • Strings:  3 octaves/4 notes per bow
      • Winds:  minimum 2 octaves plus chromatic scales.

Fees:  $930 for the two-semester program

  • $30 non-refundable registration fee assessed once per academic year per student upon enrollment.
  • Upon acceptance, tuition is billed in October.  Limited tuition assistance is available.

Program Dates:  September 25, 2019 - April 26, 2020

Orientation (6:30 pm):  Wednesday, September 25, 2019

3 Concert Cycle Rotations (weekly coachings): 10/7-11/24; 1/6-2/26; 3/9-4/26

Wednesday Group Classes (6-9pm): October 9, November 6, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 11, and April 8 (2nd Wednesday of each month except November)

St. Looey Chamber Blitz:  February 7-9, 2020

Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition:  May 9-10, 2020 (selected students only)

2019-20 Concerts 
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2pm
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7pm 
Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 6pm 

Click Here to go to the Prep YouTube Channel.


Vera Parkin Vera Parkin, Artistic Director 

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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