Adjunct Music Faculty L-Z
Anna Lackschewitz, Adjunct Professor of Viola. Anna Lackschewitz, violist, received her BM and MM from the Juilliard School. After finishing high school at 15, she studied at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, where she performed with the Freiburg Philharmonisches Orchester. Her first love is chamber music, and she has studied with members of the Juilliard, Manhattan, New York, Guarneri, and Tokyo String Quartets and performed chamber music concerts throughout the US, France and Germany. Freelancing in New York she played for orchestras, choruses, opera and Broadway musicals as well as commercial music. Since coming to St Louis Ms. Lackschewitz has played solos with the University City Symphony and is principal violist of the Fox Theater Orchestra, University City Symphony, and Webster University Symphony, where she plays in the faculty string quartet as well as teaching.In addition to performing and instrumental instruction, Ms Lackschewitz has professional experience with other aspects of the music business. She chaired the working executive board of a chamber orchestra, worked for a music publisher, served on the union executive board, completed a two-year Suzuki teacher training program, and taught public school orchestra.
Allen Carl Larson, Emeritus Conductor of the Webster University Symphony Orchestra and Professor Emeritus of Music. Dr. Larson received his undergraduate degree at Park University in Kansas City, with his masters and doctoral degrees from Indiana University. His doctoral mentor was the renowned Bach scholar and score studies expert, Dr. Julius Herford. Dr. Larson has held posts with the St. Joseph Symphony, the St. Joseph Youth Symphony and Nova Choralis, the Indiana University Choral Union and Chamber Singers, the Northland Symphony, and the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus. Dr. Larson for nine years was director of the choir at the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis. As a guest conductor, he has led performances with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Webster Chamber Winds, the Saint Louis Symphony chamber Ensemble, the Washington University Wind Ensemble, and the Kansas City (KS) Civic Symphony. He has conducted performances with the Webster Opera Studio and Conservatory Theatre of The Magic Flute, Dido and Aeneas, The Marriage of Figaro, Fiddler on the Roof, Brigadoon, Carousel, and others. In 1996 he conducted the world premiere of Andrew York's concerto for two classical guitars and chamber orchestra, Word, at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Dr. Larson has conducted instrumental and vocal ensemble performances for the KFUO "Live from the Garden" series. he has presented clinics and workshops for high schools, colleges, and churches, and has served as the pre-concert lecturer for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Twice during his tenure at Webster, he has served as chair of the Department of Music. Dr. Larson recently founded a new chorus in Saint Louis, the Sheldon Chorale. His final concerts with the Webster Symphony Orchestra were during the 2008-2009 school year.
Debby Lennon, Adjunct Professor of Voice & Director of the Webster Jazz Singers. Professor Lennon is a native of St. Louis. She attended Fontbonne University and studied voice at Washington University, and at the L’Ecole Hindemith in Vevey, Switzerland. A member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus for eleven seasons, she made her solo debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the 1992 Carnegie Hall premiere of William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience.” She is a frequent soloist at the SLSO Queeny Pops and Powell Hall with Bob Coleman’s Legacy Big Band and is an active free-lance artist in the St. Louis area. From 1992-1999, she recorded and performed with the nationally known a cappella octet, Pieces of 8, of which she is a founding member. In addition to serving on the voice and jazz faculty at Webster University, Professor Lennon serves at St. Joseph’s Academy as vocal instructor, and she maintains a private voice studio. She recently issued her first compact disc, “I’m All Smiles,” to rave reviews throughout the Midwest.
James A. Martin, Adjunct Professor of Low Brass, Ensembles and Literature. Professor Martin received undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Music Education from St. Louis University and the Master of Music in Trombone Performance from the Eastman School of Music, with additional study at the doctoral level. His major professors include John Marcellus, Edward Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs, and Jeffrey Reynolds. Professor Martin is the Director of the Webster Wind Ensemble and Big Band and is a member of the Webster Brass Quintet. He teaches tuba and trombone and courses in brass methods and music literature. He was the bass trombonist with the Buddy Rich Big Band between 1985-87 and with the Orchestra del Maggio Musical of Florence, Italy under Zubin Mehta in 1989 and 1990. Professor Martin has played bass and contrabass trombone as an extra performer with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, including several performances at Carnegie Hall and the 1995 tour of Japan. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the Saint Louis Pops Orchestra. He performs reularly at the Fox Theater and the MUNY, and is a member of the St. Louis Brass Ensemble.
Susan Ryan Martin, Adjunct Professor of Piano. Professor Martin joined the piano faculty of Webster University in 1990. As an undergraduate, she studied piano with Professor Mary Mottl at St. Louis University, earning the Bachelor of Arts in Music. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master of Music in Piano Performance. Her teachers there included Kenneth Drake and Ian Hobson. In addition to her teaching, she is the Director of Music at St. Francis Xavier College Church.
Nancy Mayo, Adjunct Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano. Nancy Mayo is a collaborative and solo pianist. She has been a prize winner in several solo competitions, including the South Carolina Music Teachers Association (SCMTA), Music Teachers Southern Region Association, the Clara Wells Competition in Pittsburgh, and the Columbia (S.C.) Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, which included a performance with the Columbia Philharmonic. After graduating summa cum laude with a BA and MA in piano performance from Bob Jones University, she worked as a repetiteur at the Columbia (S.C.) Lyric Opera and Hamburgische Staatsoper (Germany), and also served as ballet and orchestral pianist at the Staatsoper and Hamburgische Philharmonic. Mrs. Mayo has taught at Newberry College, Columbia College, and Columbia International University. In St. Louis, she has served as pianist for the Saint Louis Women’s Chorale, Sheldon Chorale, and as an extra keyboardist with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. She is a vocal coach in the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Artists-in-Training program and repetiteur for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Festival, Union Avenue Opera and Winter Opera St. Louis. In addition she serves as chorus master for Winter Opera St. Louis and rehearsal pianist for the Muny. Mrs. Mayo also maintains a private piano studio, and enjoys an active schedule as a coah, soloist, and collaborator.
John McClellan, Adjunct Professor of Guitar. Professor McClellan is director of the classical guitar program at Webster University and Coordinator of Guitar Studies for the Community Music School of Webster University. In addition, he serves on the boards of Mel Bay Publications and the St. Louis Symphony, and is executive director of the St. Louis guitar Consortium, Inc. He recently published a volume on the guitar technique of Chet Atkins, published by Mel Bay, Inc, with a DVD/CD on Atkins to be issued in 2005. Professor McClellan received the Master of Music degree at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. Further studies followed at Yale University with guitarist Benjamin Verdery, Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot, and with Bach scholar and harpsichordist Anthony Newman. Professor McClellan performed with Luciana Pavarotti during his 1999 World Tour, and has done major tours of the United States and Australia. He has issued several discs as a soloist and as a duo performer with Kirt Hanser.
Ron McGowan, Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Piano. Ron McGowan has a BA (Cum Laude) in Music History and Performance from Pomona College, Claremont and has studied with Peter Hewitt and Alan Boehmer in Los Angeles and with Stephen Sondheim in New York. Ron has returned to his hometown of St. Louis after thirty years in Los Angeles, where he served as an accompanist for singers including Joanna Gleason, Dale Kristien, Susan Egan, and John Raitt. He was resident accompanist for Musical Theater West, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Remsen Bird Hillside Theater, South Coast Repertory Theater and the Pasadena Boys Choir and served as faculty instructor, staff accompanist and vocal coach for Cal State Los Angeles, Occidental College, UC Irvine, and Pomona College, Claremont. Ron is currently a vocal coach for the Webster University Conservatory of Theater Arts and staff accompanist for the Webster University Department of Dance, as well as for the Center for Creative Arts (COCA) and Dance St. Louis. He also teaches piano at the Community Music School of Webster University and throughout the St. Louis area.
Alice Montgomery, Adjunct Professor of Voice. Professor Montgomery studied under Adele Addison, Richard Hughes, Henry Lewis, Clarice Carson, and Dickson Titus. A scholarship recipient for the Tanglewood Festival, Mannes Workshop, and Aspen Music Festival, she was also a finalist in the Lyric Opera of Chicago Competition. She has given oratorio and concert performances with ensembles including the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, New York Choral Society, Bach at the Sem, and the Bronx Symphony. She has appeared in opera productions of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Ensemble of New York, Pennsylvania Opera Festival, Bronx Opera, and Brooklyn Lyric Opera. Professor Montgomery also holds a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology, and works as a voice and singing specialist at the Center for Voice in Saint Louis.
David Nalesnik, Adjunct Professor of Music Theory. David Nalesnik earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in music composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has also attended Oberlin College. He is a winner of a BMI Student Composition Award and of the MTNA Emil and Ruth Beyer Composition Competition. His works have been performed by members of the Louisville Orchestra, at the MTNA National Convention, and most recently as part of the Missouri Piano Project. He has taught at University of Missouri – St.Louis and Maryville University. David currently accompanies string ensembles at the Webster University Community Music School, where he has served on the faculty of the Summer Composition Intensive.
Earl Naylor, Adjunct Professor of Music Theory. Professor Naylor received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from Drake University, where he was a graduate teaching assistant in the theory department. He has done further studies at the Eastman School of Music. He is a past dean of the St. Louis chapter of the American Guild of Organists and was chair of the 1979 national convention of the Organ Historical Society.
Heather Nehre, Adjunct Professor of Music History. Professor Nehre graduated with a BM in piano performance from Wartburg College (IA) and completed her graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, Professor Nehre was active in student government where she served as co-president of the Graduate Student Senate, the student governing body of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. She was also named the student chair of the National Conference on Graduate Student Leadership, which was held in St. Louis and later presented the findings of this conference at the national meeting of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. Professor Nehre’s research focuses on American Music of the 19th and early-20th Centuries and includes an in-progress dissertation on the music of Amy Beach.
Alice Nelson, Adjunct Professor of Music, Director of the Webster Opera Studio. Professor Nelson received the Bachelor of Music degree from Mississippi University for Women, and the Master's Degree from the University of Memphis. She also studied at the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute in Minneapolis and the Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris. In addition to her work at Webster, she is a member of the music staff for Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where she is a vocal coach/accompanist for the nationally recognized Artists-in-Training program, and has been Associate Music Director for eight operas for young people, including three world premieres. She has also prepared children's choruses for OTSL's mainstage productions of Tosca, Street Scene, La Bohême, Carmen, Gloriana, and Alice in Wonderland. She is a member of Opera America, and was a member of the Advisory Committee for National Opera Week 2011, and in 2010 and 2011 coordinated free public performances by Webster students and faculty for NOW. She is in demand in the St. Louis area as a vocal coach/accompanist, and has prepared singers for performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera at Covent Garden (London), Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, the Chatelet (France), Lyon Opera (France), the Los Angeles Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Berlin Symphony, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam), among others. Before coming to Webster, she was vocal coach/accompanist for seven years at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, and for twelve years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Joseph Neske, Adjunct Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano. Professor Neske received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern
California where he studied composition with Morton Lauridsen and Frederick Lesemann.
Since 1999, his duties at Webster University have included teaching 18th century counterpoint,
choral arranging, and piano. He also serves as an accompanist for vocal and instrumental
students and the Webster choral ensembles. Prof. Neske is also a rehearsal pianist
for the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company (MUNY).
Johanna Nordhorn Adjunct Professor of Voice, a mezzo-soprano, considers it a joy and privilege to be able to live a life in music. After completing her MM degree at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, she returned to Central Florida to teach as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida and at Valencia College, and to maintain a successful private studio. Her most recent operatic credits are Elvira (cover) in Don Giovanni with Opera Theatre St. Louis and Mrs. Nolan in The Medium with Florida Opera Theatre. She continues to sing professionally in many forms, both choral and solo, and gives her students a fresh, current perspective on the performance world.
Vera Parkin, Adjunct Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano. Vera Parkin has performed as a keyboardist in the St. Louis Symphony since 1987, participating in recordings, Carnegie Hall tours, Discovery and Pulitzer series contemporary concerts, and many Community Partnerships outreach concerts. In addition to experience as a Principal Keyboardist, she has worked in professional theatre and opera, is active as a pedagogue, arts administrator, chamber music and vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and teaches theory and composition. As Artistic Director of the Webster University Community Music School Preparatory Program, she supervises the region’s most advanced young musician.. This work continues in the summer as Director of Student Life at the Innsbrook Institute and Festival.She received the BM and MM in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; undergraduate studies at Northwestern University; doctoral work at Washington University. Her teachers have included Gui Mombaerts, Ruth Slenczynska, and Seth & Maryse Carlin. She is a former Artist Presentations Society winner, former Principal Keyboardist with the Illinois Symphony, and extra keyboardist with the Memphis Symphony.
William (Pat) Partridge, Adjunct Professor of Organ. Professor William Partridge, M.M., F.C.C.M., is the Canon Precentor Organist and
Choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral, University Organist at Washington University
and a member of the faculties at Webster University and Southern Illinois University
at Edwardsville. In addition to teaching at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore,
Mr. Partridge has served on the faculties of American University, Washington, D.C.,
the School of Music at Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C., and the Catholic University
of Puerto Rico on a U.S. State Department project. Prof. Partridge is a Fellow of
the College of Church Musicians at the Washington National Cathedral, where he also
received his Master’s in Church Music under Leo Sowerby and Paul Callaway. Additional
studies were with George Thalben-Ball at the Temple Church, London, Sir William McKie
of Westminster Abbey, and Dr. Gerald Knight at the Royal School of Church Music in
England. For the past ten years, Mr. Partridge has served on the Board of Directors
for the Hesse Scholarship Foundation. From 1996-1998 he served as Dean of the St.
Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Heather McKenzie Patterson, Adjunct Professor of Voice. Soprano Heather McKenzie Patterson is one of St. Louis' up-and-coming performing artists and teachers. Since arriving in 2010, she has appeared with a wide range of Saint Louis ensembles, including the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, the Bach Society of Saint Louis, Webster University Symphony Orchestra, Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Manchester United Methodist Choirs and Orchestra. This spring she can be seen performing with Winter Opera in the St. Louis premiere of The Ballad of Baby Doe. Recent operatic engagements have included Yum-Yum in The Mikado (The Beacon St. Louis), Musetta in La Boheme and Frasquita in Carmen (Arbor Opera Theater), and Nella in Gianni Schicchi (Michigan State Opera Theatre). Ms. Patterson currently serves on the voice faculties of Webster University in Saint Louis and Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. She received a Master of Music in vocal performance from Michigan State University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and psychology from Furman University. An experienced teacher, she has held private voice studios in Central Florida, Lansing, Michigan, and currently in Saint Louis. She has led master classes in high schools in Florida and Michigan, and has served as adjudicator for various talent competitions in both Florida and in the Saint Louis area. She currently studies with Christine Armistead.
Dee Pavelka, Adjunct Professor of Voice. Professor Pavelka completed the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance Pedagogy at Webster University, with additional study at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. Active as a soloist, she has appeared with the St. Louis Philharmonic, Webster Choral Union, St. Louis Conservatory Chorus, Gateway Festival Orchestral, Camerata Singers, Musica Nova, Music for Diverse Voices, Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, the Alton Civic Orchestra, and the American Kantorei. She has participated in the Art Song Festival at Westminster Choir College, in the Lieder Master Classes conducted by John Wustman at the University of Texas, and has attended vocal performance and pedagogy workshops and festivals across the country. At Webster University, Professor Pavelka teaches voice, pedagogy, and history of art song. She has also performed music for voice and guitar on the Music from Christ Church concert series.
Gina Pellegrino, Adjunct Professor of Music History. Dr. Pellegrino holds the BA in Music and Philosophy from Illinois Wesleyan University, the MM in Music and Literature from the University of Northern Colorado, and the PhD in Musicology with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Washington University. Her dissertation focused on Robert Schumann's involvement in the Gesangverein movement, specifically the song clubs he conducted and the partsongs he composed during his Dresden period of 1844-1850. In addition to the unaccompanied chorus music of Schumann, her specialities include 19th-century opera and feminist theory. She presented a paper based on her thesis entitled "A Critical Look at Carmen as Other" in Albuquerque for the Rocky Mountain AMS and at Kent State University for the Midwest AMS chapters. She has given lectures to the staff and docents of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where she currently serves as Associate Director of Artistic Administration.
Eric Ring, Adjunct Professor of Music Theory and Ensembles. Dr. Ring undertook his undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa, where he graduated with a B.A. in History and a B.M. in bassoon performance. His graduate education includes an M.A. degree in Bassoon Performance from Western Illinois University, and a D.M.A. in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy (with a Music Theory Pedagogy Minor) from the University of Iowa. His major professors include Ronald Tyree, Douglas Huff, and Benjamin Coelho. Prior to his arrival at Webster, Dr. Ring was the third bassoonist/contrabassoonist with the Cedar Rapids Symphony. He has also performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Nova Singers, and is a former member of the Beaufort Chamber Orchestra and the Parris Island Marine Band.
Alison Rolf, Adjunct Professor of Violin. Alison Rolf hails from England where she attended Clare College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, where,as a student of Lydia Mordkovitch, she was a recipient of the Dip RAM- the conservatory's premiere prix for outstanding final recital. She was a founding member of the London-based Elgin Piano Trio, giving concerts throughout the UK and abroad including a residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. In St. Louis, she is involved in a number of chamber groups including the Webster Faculty String Quartet and the Crusell Quartet,with which she has recently released a CD on the Centaur label. She is concertmaster of the Webster University Orchestra and has also performed with Union Avenue Opera, at the Fox theatre and the Muny. Alison has taught violin and viola at DaySpring School of the Arts in Maryland Heights since arriving in the US in 2002.
Carol Schmidt, Adjunct Professor of Piano. Professor Schmidt is a graduate of Webster University, having completed the MM in Jazz Studies/Piano Performance and the BM in Theory/Composition. At Webster University, she teaches jazz and classical piano and other music related courses, and maintains a very active life as a professional performer and educator in St. Louis. Professor Schmidt has served as director of the Webster Jazz Singers and as a faculty member for the International Summer Jazz Academy in Krakow, Poland. She is particularly interested in the music of Thelonious Monk and has transcribed many of Monk’s compositions and solos. For many years, she was a performer/composer and co-leader of the award winning nationally touring jazz group, “Jasmine.” In St. Louis, she performs with her group and with Webster Faculty Jazz Ensemble.
Gary Sims, Adjunct Professor of Voice. Professor Sims received the BM from William Jewell College and MM in Vocal performance from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before joining the Webster voice faculty in 1980, he was instructor of voice and piano at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia. He is well known in the St. Louis area as a professional voice teacher, singer, actor, and composer. Professor Sims’ extensive performance experience includes concerts with the Bach Society of Saint Louis, Fort Worth Oratorio Orchestra, Savannah Symphony, Georgia Chamber Orchestra, Christ Church Cathedral, Saint Louis Chamber Chorus and Orchestra, and the Jerusalem Symphony. In recent years, Professor Sims has expanded his repertoire to include Musical Theatre.
Kendall Stallings, Professor of Music Emeritus. Dr. Stallings received a doctorate in Musical Composition and Theory from Washington University in St. Louis and has been a member of the faculty at Webster University since 1967. He has taught courses in analysis, theory, musicianship, literature and composition, and served as Department of Music chair. Employing vocal, instrumental, and tape media, he has composed concert, film, and theater music ranging from brief pieces for a single performer to much longer works for relatively large forces. His music has been heard in the concert hall, the theater, on radio and television, and at Dressel’s in St. Louis’s Central West End.
Marc Thayer, Adjunct Professor of Music Business. Marc Thayer is the Director of Education for The Association of American Voices, a Cultural Diplomacy NGO with whom he has taught and performed in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Thailand and Burma. From 2002-2011 Marc worked as the Vice President for Education and Community Partnerships with the St. Louis Symphony. Currently he plays violin with the Kingsbury Baroque Ensemble and he teaches violin and viola at the Community Music School of Webster University. Marc also conducts the Saint Louis University String Orchestra where he teaches violin and viola. He has served as the Artistic Producer for the Whim Estate Concert Series in St. Croix and he was on the faculty of the Guadalquivir Festival with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia. Marc performed as a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, from 1995-1998 and founded their Education and Community Engagement Programs. Marc has performed with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra, the Opera Festival of Heidelberg, Germany, the Orquesta Superior of Cordoba, Spain, the Baroque Festival of St. Savin and with the International Festival of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France. Marc received a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with William Preucil and Zvi Zeitlin. Currently Marc serves on the Board of the St. Louis Arts and Education Council and the Advisory Council for the Community Music School of Webster University.
Susie Thierbach, Adjunct Professor of Violin. Dr. Thierbach is an active violin performer and teacher in the St. Louis area. She received her Bachelors at Illinois Wesleyan University and her Masters from Missouri State University, and earned a Doctor of Arts in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied under Richard Fuchs. Susie has performed with the Webster University Symphony since she returned to St. Louis in 1999. She is an active free-lance player, performing with the Union Avenue Opera, the St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, and at the Fox Theater.
John Thomas, Adjunct Professor of Music Theory. Professor Thomas received the Master of Music in Horn and Music Theory from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He is principal horn of the St. Louis Philharmonic; solo tenor horn, St. Louis Brass Band; and a member of the Clarion Brass Quintet, Webster University, and Gateway Festival Orchestra. He has served as a soloist with the Kirkwood Symphony and Musical Diversion Society. His published works include pieces for horn octet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, and wind ensemble. His Symphony No. 1 was premiered in April 2000 by University City Symphony, with a number of his orchestrations and arrangements also performed by St. Louis Philharmonic and St. Louis Brass Band.
Carolbeth True, Adjunct Professor of Piano. Professor True is a very active member of the St. Louis Musical community. A pianist equally talented in jazz and classical music, she performs regularly in clubs and concerts. Her group, The Carolbeth Trio, performed at the Adam’s Mark for three and one half years, followed by two and one half years at Jazz at the Bistro. Her piano studies began with her mother, the late Carole Miles. She studied with Evelyn Mitchell at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A long time Webster faculty member, she has also built an extensive private teaching practice. She has served on the International Summer Jazz Academy faculty in Krakow, Poland and is a cast member for The Jazz Story, a history--performance presentation at the Sheldon Concert Hall. She has performed with numerous artists including Harry Allen, Buddy DeFranco, Gary Foster, Terry Gibbs, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Roseanne Vitro, and Bill Watrous. She has served as rehearsal pianist and assistant musical director with The MUNY for twenty years and has performed repeatedly with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. She has served as musical coordinator for the Buckeye Harmonica Festival and the International Harmonica Festival. She has been a soloist with the Webster University Symphony, Washington University Symphony, St. Louis Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, and Florida Spacecoast Philharmonic. In 2001, she was the soloist for the premiere performance of Bluework, a concerto by Webster faculty composer Kim Portnoy with the Webster Symphony. In addition to her trio, she performs with Two Times True, The Hard Bop Heritage Quintet, the Sessions Big Band, the Webster Jazz Repertory Ensemble and Traditional Jazz Band. She is heard on compact discs including The Carolbeth Trio, New World Harmonica Jazz and Klezmer Nuthouse with Sandy Weltman, and two discs with the Sessions Big Band, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and Tribute. She was the 2004 recipient of the St. Louis Magazine “Musician of the Year” award, the 2007 recipient of the "Excellence in the Arts" award from the Arts & Education Council, the 2008 recipient of the Riverfront Times "Best Jazz Artist" award, and the “Owen Miller Award for service and dedication from the St. Louis Musicians Association, Local 2-197.
Donna Bowen Vince, Adjunct Professor of Piano & Collaborative Piano. Donna Bowen Vince joined the piano faculty at Webster University in 1981 after her return from a year of study at L’ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France. Her love for French music was shaped by former teachers Dr. Gail Delente and Mr. Jules Gentil. Through the Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris, France, Ms. Vince has also coached with renowned vocal accompanists Noel Lee, Irene Aitoff, and Dalton Baldwin. Ms. Vince currently teaches Piano, Class Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and accompanies for the vocal and instrumental programs at Webster. She is also an active accompanist outside the Webster community. Her many collaborative performances have included concerts at The Sheldon, KFUO Radio Broadcasts “Live From The Garden”, Midwest Lyric Opera, The Webster University Symphony, and performances in Salle Cortot in Paris, France. Her students are often recipients of prestigious awards and many have continued their piano studies in top universities across the country. Donna is the other half of Duo Albireo with colleague Patricia Weeks Eastman. They perform regularly in and around the St. Louis area. Together they direct the Webster University Summer Piano Camps, and Winter Piano Ensemble Festival. Her professional affiliations include The National Federation of Music Clubs, Music Teacher’s National Association, Missouri Music Teacher’s Association, and the St. Louis Area Music Teacher’s Association. Ms. Vince obtained both a Bachelor and Master of Music from Webster University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Piano Performance at the University of Kansas. She hopes someday to learn to play the accordion.
Robert Waggoner, Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies & Music Education. Professor Waggoner teaches courses in jazz education methods at Webster University
and serves as jazz ensemble director for the Community Music School of Webster University.
He received the Bachelor of Music Education from the St. Louis Institute of Music,
attended University of North Texas State University, and completed graduate work,
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. He studied bass with Henry Lowe; He is a former faculty
member of the Parkway School District and St. Louis Community College-Meramec. He
serves on the faculty for the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps, and St. Louis University
High School Jazz Camp. Professor Waggoner is an active jazz clinician, adjudicator,
and conductor through out the Midwest; He has received the St. Louis Suburban District
Music Certificate of Merit, Hall of Fame, the National Band Association Outstanding
Jazz Educator, and the Jess Cole Jazz Educator Award for outstanding service to jazz
education from the Missouri Unit of the International Association of Jazz.
Cathy Woelbling-Paul, Adjunct Professor of Oboe. Cathy Woelbling-Paul received her Bachelor of Music Education and Performance degree from Lindenwood University and her Masters of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. Currently she is an adjunct oboe professor at Webster University and Lindenwood University. She also teaches at the Webster University Community Music School and is an applied instructor in the Mehlville School District. For several years, she has been the double reed judge for the All District High School Band competition. Cathy has presented a double reed seminar at several schools in the St. Louis area and at the University of Louisiana at Hammond. Cathy currently performs with the Alton (IL) Symphony, Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis, St. Louis Wind Symphony, University City Symphony, Webster Symphony Orchestra and the Ballet Orchestra of St. Louis and is an active freelance musician having recently performed for Idena Menzel in the newly renovated Peabody Opera House in St. Louis. Her professional experience has included principal oboe and soloist with the Haydn Festival Orchestra in Eisenstaedt, Austria performing throughout Austria and Hungary, American Wind Symphony of Pittsburgh, PA, the Rockford (IL) Symphony, Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Symphony (Springfield), Mighty Mississippi Concert Band of St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera Orchestra, Winter Opera Orchestra, American Cantorei and the Bach Society of St. Louis and as a substitute player with the St. Louis Symphony, Fox Theater and MUNY Opera orchestras. She performs chamber music with The Metro Piano Trio (oboe, bassoon, and piano) and A Fifth Above Woodwind Quintet. In addition to her performance and teaching activities, Cathy is District Director for Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity, serves on the Board of Directors for Gateway Festival Orchestra, is the personnel director for the Alton Symphony and is a successful grant writer for several of her performing groups.
Christine Brewer, Visiting Professor of Voice. Grammy® Award winning American soprano Christine Brewer’s appearances in opera, concert
and recital are marked with her own unique timbre, at once warm and brilliant, combined
with a vibrant personality and emotional honesty reminiscent of the great sopranos
of the past. Her range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite
of the stage as well as a sought-after recording artist. At Webster University, Ms.
Brewer teaches master classes each term, and speaks annually in a popular lecture
series. On the opera stage, Ms. Brewer is highly regarded for her striking portrayl of the
title role in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, which she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre du Châtelet,
the Santa Fe Opera, the English National Opera, and the Opera Theater of St. Louis.
Garnering critical acclaim with each role, Ms. Brewer has performed Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the San Francisco Opera, Gluck’s Alceste with the Santa Fe Opera, the Dyer’s Wife in Strauss’s Die Frau Ohne Schatten at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Paris Opera, and Lady Billows in Britten’s
Albert Herring at the Santa Fe Opera and in San Francisco. She is also celebrated for her work on
lesser known operas such as the title roles in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride with the Edinburgh Festival, the Rio de Janeiro Opera, and Madrid Opera and Strauss’s Die ägyptische Helena with the Santa Fe Opera. A stunning recitalist, in addition to her many appearances
at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls, Ms. Brewer has graced Lincoln Center’s “Art of the
Song” series at Alice Tully Hall. Other appearances include the Kennedy Center in
Washington. D.C., Spivey Hall in Georgia, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the
Mondavi Center in California. Her unique voice has been featured at the Gilmore, Ravinia,
and Cleveland Art Song festivals. www.christinebrewer.com
David Halen, Adjunct Professor of Violin. David Halen is Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He received the Master of Music from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the Bachelor of Music from Central Missouri State University; He has also been a Fulbright Scholar at the Freiburg Hochschule, Germany; Soloist Diploma, Freiburg, Germany. He appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and is first violin with the St. Louis String Quartet. Professor Halen is the former Associate Concertmaster, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, 1991-95; former Assistant Concertmaster, 1986-1990, and first violin, 1983-86, Houston Symphony; former first violin, Harrington String Quartet, 1983. Professor Halen is a faculty member of the Community Music School of Webster University.
- Jeffrey Carter, D.M.A.
- Glen Bauer, Ph.D.
- Bob Chamberlin
- Carla Colletti, Ph.D.
- Paul Davis, D.M.A.
- Paul DeMarinis
- Carole Gaspar
- Martha Hart
- Trent Patterson, D.M.A.
- Kim Portnoy
- Daniel Schene
- Steve Schenkel, Ph.D.