Jeffrey Carter, D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music
Professor of Music
Voice, conducting, church music, choral arranging, theory for theatre majors
Jeffrey Richard Carter is Professor & Chair of the Department of Music at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Carter is a native Missourian, with family ties to the Kansas City area and a long history of being a student, teacher, and conductor in that area.
Carter has gained success with university ensembles, amateur choral groups, show choirs, volunteer church choirs, and festival choruses alike. His performance experience and training ranges through nearly 1000 years of the Western musical tradition, with performing and educational endeavors taking him to the continents of Asia, South America, and Europe, in addition to the continental United States.
As a choral conductor, Carter was Artistic Director of the Gateway Men's Chorus of Saint Louis for three seasons through 2011. He led the chorus in artistic renewal, audience and budget growth, and a stronger place in the community. Two CD recordings from Dr. Carter's tenure - I want to fly and Love Changes Everything - are available in iTunes.
As of August 2014, Carter is Resident Music Director for New Line Theatre in Saint Louis. He won the Saint Louis Theatre Critics Circle 2015 award as Best Musical Director for his New Line work on Bonnie & Clyde. The Riverfront Times named Carter as Best Musical Director for his recent theatrical endeavors in their "Best of" Awards 2015. He was nominated by the Theatre Critics Circle again in 2016 as Best Musical Director.
Carter led Ball State University Singers from 2000 until 2008, during which time the group performed on both US coasts and released a new CD recording. Ball State University Singers toured throughout the People's Republic of China in May 2005, garnering rave reviews and standing-room-only audiences at several venues in Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Deyang, and Shanghai. He led the Missouri All-State Show Choir in July 2006, the Alabama All-State Show Choir in January 2007, and the Alabama All-State Men's Choir in March 2008.
Carter's previous choral directorships include the Jacomo Chorale, a community chorus based in Blue Springs, Missouri. During his decade as Musical Director and Conductor, he led that group to unprecedented successes in audience growth and annual fund contributions. Carter rejuvenated the University of Kansas Men's Glee Club, and brought renewed vigor to the flagship Chamber Choir at Ball State University. Carter has served as choirmaster and organist for several Episcopal churches as well, including parishes in Muncie, Indiana; Anderson, Indiana; and Blue Springs, Missouri, among other professional church appointments. He has led all-district festival choirs in Indiana, Missouri, and Alaska. Choirs under his direction have appeared in performance in Alaska, California, Virginia, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Washington, D.C. His choirs have appeared on three different state and divisional choral conventions.
From 2005–2010, Dr. Carter was the national chairman of the Youth and Student Activities Repertoire and Standards Committee for the American Choral Directors Association. He also served until 2012 on the board of the Conductors Guild, Inc. Carter was Artistic Director for the 2010 Saint Louis International Choral Festival. Carter is the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus for the University of Central Missouri Department of Music, and a 2014 inductee into the Lee's Summit High School Hall of Fame. He is President of the Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music.
In May 2006 he led sixteen Ball State students on a three-week East Asia Studies Program immersion experience to China, having previously served at Shanghai Normal University in November 2005 as visiting professor. Dr. Carter was a founding board member of the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Inc. He was a recipient of a Webster University research grant for 2012-13, with a focus on creating a performing edition of excerpts from American operetta of 1910s and 1920s. Further research projects include an oral history of Herbert Howells, discussions with musical theatre artists on singing for the stage, and a brief book on vocal exercises and etudes.
Under Dr. Carter's guidance, the Ball State University ACDA chapter was named the 2005 Collegiate Chapter of the Year by the national ACDA organization. Previous activities while at Ball State include adjudication and master class teaching at the 21 Century International Choral Festival in Malaysia (2003), service as overall program chair of the Central Division ACDA convention (2004), leadership of a week-long composer residency program at Ball State University featuring American composer Gwyneth Walker (2003), and leadership of a conductor residency featuring Simon Carrington at Ball State (2004). In April 2005, Dr. Carter was named Ball State University's Outstanding Organization Advisor for the academic year, in recognition of his work with the student ACDA Chapter.
Prior to the year 2000, Carter's previous academic engagements include Kentucky Wesleyan College, the University of Kansas, Graceland University in Iowa, the University of Central Missouri, the Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City, and Music/Arts Institute, a community school for the arts in Independence, Missouri. In addition to university teaching duties, Dr. Carter maintains an active schedule of clinics, adjudications, and workshops throughout the country, and teaches private voice lessons through his own studio. He regularly leads students in field-study experiences, recently to Italy, Germany, France, Greece, and the Czech Republic.
A recipient of the Opus Award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association for his composition "Phos Hilaron," Dr. Carter remains an active composer, with recent commissions from choirs from Kansas City to New York City. His "Storypeople Songs" for voice and piano premiered in 2015. In addition to many other organizations, he is a member of the Vaughan Williams Society, the Herbert Howells Society, and the Edward Elgar Society - all reminders of Dr. Carter's interest in British choral music.
He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Kansas, and the Master of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Central Missouri. His professional debut in 1989 was as a singer with the Kansas City Lyric Opera; as a conductor; his debut in 1990 was with the Jacomo Chorale. Dr. Carter participated in a month-long exchange program to Brazil in 2001. He is listed in the 2005 edition of Who's Who in Education, the 2006 Who's Who in America, the 2007 Who's Who in the World, and the 2009 and 2015 editions of Who's Who in America. Dr. Carter is especially proud that his students have held and continue to hold in prominent positions in such various places as the male ensemble Chanticleer, on Broadway and in national tours, and on various college and university faculties.
WEBSTER TODAY articles
- Carter performances in England
- 2015 RFT Honors
- Webster faculty win awards
- Carter discusses Webster music
- Inducted to Hall of Fame
- Carter's compositions
- Carter to sing world premiere
- Outstanding alumnus
Connect with Dr. Carter
- Visit Dr. Carter's personal website.
- Visit Dr. Carter's Webster blog.
- Visit Dr. Carter's voice-teaching blog.
- Watch Dr. Carter get older.
- Watch the Gateway Men's Chorus under Dr. Carter's direction.
- Watch Dr. Carter conduct the Ball State University Chamber Choir.
- Listen to the premiere performance of Dr. Carter's Where Angels Sing.
- Listen to Dr. Carter lead a performance of There Will Be Rest by Frank Ticheli.
- Watch Dr. Carter conduct the Alabama All-State Men's Choir in 2008.
- Listen to Dr. Carter (baritone) and David White (tenor) sing Lily's Eyes.
- Jeffrey Carter, DMA
- Glen Bauer, PhD
- Carla Colletti, PhD
- Paul Davis, DMA
- Paul DeMarinis
- Martha J. Hart
- Stuart Chapman Hill, PhD
- Jacob Lassetter, DMA
- Trent Patterson, DMA
- Kim Portnoy
- Daniel Schene
- Steve Schenkel, PhD
- David Werfelmann, DMA
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