Webster University Chamber Singers
Webster University Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 21 singers that performs choral literature from many historical periods, world cultures and styles. Recent large-scale 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, Finzi's In terra pax, and Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 588. Comprised of mostly music majors and several students from other disciplines, Chamber Singers tour annually and represent the Department of Music at university events and community functions throughout the Saint Louis region.
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.
In 2014, Chamber Singers performed for the Southwestern Division American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) conference in Little Rock and for the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference at Tan-Tar-A. In spring of 2015, they released their first CD, Beginnings, and were selected by lauded composer David Lang to premiere a new work commissioned for the reopening of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in Saint Louis.
During the 2015-16 season, they performed with Grammy award-winning singer Josh Groban at the Peabody Opera House (Saint Louis), Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater), Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Orlando), and were named semi-finalists in the college/university chorus division of The American Prize.
- Email Dr. Trent Patterson, Director of Choral Studies
- Listen to Chamber Singers perform an excerpt from Rejoice in the Lamb (Benjamin Britten), March 2013
- Listen to Chamber Singers perform The Blue Bird (C. V. Stanford), May 2013
- Listen to Chamber Singers perform Lasciatemi morire (Claudio Monteverdi), October 2013
- Listen to Chamber Singers perform To be sung on the water (Samuel Barber), October 2014
- Listen to Chamber Singers perform Dieu qu’il la fait bon regarder! from "Trois Chansons" (Claude Debussy), October 2014
- Listen to Chamber Singers perform the Webster University alma mater, August 2015
Webster University Concert Choir
Webster University Concert Choir is comprised of students majoring in choral music education, music performance, and composition, as well as other academic programs across the University campus.
Under the leadership of Dr. Trent Patterson since 2011, the 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 vocal music education and graduate choral conducting students assist with sectionals, full rehearsals, and occasionally conduct the ensemble in concert performances. In April 2016, Concert Choir performed Haydn's Missa in Angustiis in collaboration with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis, about which performance Gary Scott wrote, "The Concert Choir, under the direction of Trent A. Patterson, is an outstanding chorus … with magnificent blend, firmly on pitch and with careful diction and well-sculpted phrasing."
- Email Dr. Trent Patterson, Director of Choral Studies
- His Light Still Shines (Moses Hogan), March 2015
- Requiem (Giacomo Puccini), November 2014
- I Believe (Michael Engelhardt), October 2014
- Domine, labia mea aperies (Orlando di Lasso), April 2013
- The Last Words of David (Randall Thompson), April 2013
- Donne's Hymn (Jeffrey Carter), April 2013
- Jubilate Deo (Benjamin Britten), March 2014
Webster University Women'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 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. 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, email Dr. Trent Patterson, Director of Choral Studies.
Webster University Jazz Singers
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.
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