Department of Music
Music at Webster . . .
Greetings from the Department of Music in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts—and welcome to a world of musical opportunities!
Webster University in Saint Louis provides you unparalleled experience and unrivaled training, thanks to our setting in a major urban area. Our music faculty includes outstanding professional practitioners: composers, teachers, performers, conductors, historians, artists.
Our classes and programs of study offer real-world knowledge to help you prepare for immediate success. Our applied faculty includes members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, recognized as one of the world's great orchestras, and other professional musical artists.
We select our students through live audition and interview as we mold a new-student class for engagement with each other, and with faculty and staff, in our National Historic Register-listed music building. You see, since 1915 we've been preparing students through distinctive programs that combine outstanding academic and performance experiences within a challenging educational environment.
We take seriously our part in living out the university's mission: transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. You'll find transforming challenges in classes, lessons, and ensembles. You'll find your world view expanded and enhanced through collaborative endeavors, guest artists, and master classes… and study in Vienna!
Nurturing, family, challenging… these are words that describe music study at Webster.
Please visit us here, and
in person, and see for yourself!
Dr. Jeffrey Carter
Connect to Webster
- Webster at a glance
- Visit the Admissions website
- Schedule a visit
- View a television special about the jazz program
- View the 2015 holiday concert
- Learn about music study in Vienna
- Request an audition
- Departmental outcomes statements
" Webster is a rarity among schools. So few schools have the academic strength, performance opportunities, and the heart that I found at my time at Webster. I gained a family while getting some of the best training here."
- Liz Bivens, BM Vocal Performance '11
"My four years at Webster can be summarized by the incredible amount of guidance and support that I received from the Department of Music faculty. I never felt lost in a class or concerned about my future because there were so many wonderful people encouraging me."
- Hannah Ingram, BA '11
"Vienna was key in understanding many artistic viewpoints. Whether it be Vienna or anywhere else in Europe, the study-abroad experience will stick with you."
- Tony Morales, orchestra concertmaster and cross-country athlete, BM Instrumental Performance '13
"Going to Vienna was the best decision I have ever made. It changed my life. I discovered so much about myself, and realized that music is not just my passion, but a necessity."
- Emma Sorenson, BM Vocal Performance '13
"My time at Webster University was spent building a strong foundation on which my career has been built. The extraordinary faculty possesses the knowledge, skills, and wisdom necessary to inspire young artists and provide them with opportunities for growth. Through their guidance, I not only fortified my musical skills, but was encouraged to think creatively, take risks, and strive for the best possible outcome with every endeavor."
- Jennifer Johnson Cano, BM Vocal Performance '06, Metropolitan Opera artist
"My education at Webster University has gone above and beyond my expectations. Before transferring to Webster, I was part of music departments at two different universities. The professors, courses, and ensemble opportunities offered at Webster have helped make me a better musician than I believe I would have been with my prior education. The one-on-one input I've experienced with the professors in the Jazz Studies area has prepared me to not only continue my music career with the goals I set prior to graduating, but has has forced me to make higher goals, exceeding my own personal expectations."
- Kiersten Rose, singer/songwriter, BM Jazz Studies/Music Technology '13
"The unique relationship I formed with my professors at Webster is something that I will never forget. They pushed me, encouraged me, and helped me to become the artist I am today. I am so glad I made the decision to go to Webster University."
- Lola Hennicke, BA '13
"I wouldn't have lasted at a larger school. The relationships and bonds I formed at Webster helped me be successful."
- Tim Walther,BM '14
"The faculty are personable -- they are there for my good and well-being. And each faculty member has their own flavor they add to the program."
- Domenic Mendoza,BA '14
"After going to Vienna, I feel like I know more about what is happening globally. Webster is all about creating global citizens, and studying abroad helped me to learn what it is to truly be a global citizen. "
- Hanna KroegerBME '17
Department of Music News
Seniors 2015May 2015
The Department of Music captured a few moments with our 2015 graduating seniors to find out what they will miss, what they will share, and what makes Webster their home.
Connor ScottMarch 2016
Music education major Connor Scott wins a conducting competition, and talks about his time at Webster University.
Opera Scenes, January 2014January 2014
Opera Scenes are staged and conducted by guest artists, and feature students from performance, education, and general music programs at Webster.
Chamber SingersMarch 2014
Chamber Singers perform at the 2014 divisional convention of the American Choral Directors Association.
Music EducationSpring 2015
Christy Timberlake is featured in an introduction to Music Education at Webster University.
Bob ChamberlinMay 2015
Bob Chamberlin sat down with the department of music to give us a glimpse inside his 42 year history with the university and share some memories and advice with students and his colleagues as he moves into the next phase of his life.
Webster University OrchestraFall 2016
Dr. Paul Davis leads the Webster Symphony Orchestra in the year-opening concert, September 2016.