Choral Ensembles


Chamber Singers perform at the American Choral Directors Association
divisional convention in Little Rock, March 2014.

Webster University Chamber Singers

Chamber SingersWebster University Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 24 singers that performs choral literature from many historical periods, world cultures and styles. Recent works performed include Bach’s Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir BWV 131, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Copland’s In the beginning, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 588. Comprised of mostly music majors and several students from other disciplines, the Chamber Singers tour annually and represent the Department of Music at university events and community functions throughout the Saint Louis region.

In 2014, Chamber Singers performed for the Southwestern Divisional American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) conference in Little Rock and for the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference at Tan-Tar-A. In January 2015, they released their first-ever CD, Beginnings, a compilation of concert performances from 2012-14.

Chamber Singers have sung in master classes for the British a cappella ensembles Stile Antico and Voces 8, and for eminent conductors Charlene Archibeque and David Rayl. They are featured in the DVD, “How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great” with Charlene Archibeque, which is available through GIA Publications. Rehearsals are held each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon at 3.

Concert Choir Fall 2014.Webster University Concert Choir

Webster University Concert Choir is comprised of students majoring in choral music education, composition, and serves as the primary large ensemble for guitarists, pianists, and classical vocalists in the Department of Music. In addition, the choir includes a number of students representing majors from across the University campus.

Under the leadership of Dr. Trent Patterson, Concert Choir performs a varied repertoire of accompanied and unaccompanied works. Recent concerts have included Durante’s Magnificat, Duruflé’s Quatre Motets sur des themes grégoriens, Hogan’s His light still shines, Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, Puccini’s Requiem, Schubert's Magnificat (D.486), Mirjam’s Siegesgesang, and Vaughan Williams' In Windsor Forest. Large-scale works performed in collaboration with the Webster University Chamber Singers include Britten's Cantata Misericordium, Mozart’s Regina Coeli, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. Undergraduate music education and graduate choral conducting students assist with the rehearsal process and occasionally conduct the ensemble in concert performances. Concert Choir is featured in the DVD, “How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great” with Charlene Archibeque, which is available through GIA Publications. Rehearsals are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon. 

Webster University Women's ChorusWomen's Chorus

The Webster University Women's Chorus, led by Elizabeth Hogan McFarland, is a selective ensemble dedicated to studying and sharing music written for women's voices. We are graduate and undergraduate women from a variety of disciplines and majors on campus. Women's Chorus sings traditional choral literature, but also strives to encourage new and modern works through collaboration with living composers and commissioning new works. In addition to performing in at least 2 concerts per semester, Women's Chorale partners with other schools and organizations to encourage musical growth in our community. All sopranos and altos new to the choral program at Webster will begin their musical journey in this ensemble.  Rehearsals are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Hogan McFarland



Webster University Jazz Singers

Jazz Singers 2014

The Jazz Singers is a highly select group of 16 vocalists (SATB) and instrumentalists. Debby Lennon, one of St. Louis's most distinguished singers and teachers, is the ensemble director. The Jazz Singers perform works from arrangers and composers such as Gene Puerling, Paris Rutherford, and Steve Zegree, as well as groups including Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, and Rare Silk. For more information, contact Professor Lennon, 314-968-7032.

Opera Studio

In addition, Opera Studio mounts a chorus as part of Fall and Spring productions, and serves as a large ensemble for the Department of Music.  Check out their webpage!