Choral Ensembles

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 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 Josh Groban at the Peabody Opera House, Saint Louis, and will again join the Grammy award-winning singer for concerts this March in Clearwater (Ruth Eckerd Hall) and Orlando, Florida (Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts). They recently were named semi-finalists in the college/university chorus division of The American Prize, a national non-profit multi-category competition in the performing arts.

Concert Choir Fall 2014.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 will perform Haydn's Missa in Angustiis in collaboration with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis.

Webster University Women's Chorus

Women's Chorus

The Webster University Women's Chorus, led by Dr. Stuart Chapman Hill, 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 two 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.

Members of Jazz Singers at TKT concert October 2015.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.

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!