Steve Schenkel, Ph.D. | Webster University

Steve Schenkel, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Jazz Studies

Steve Schenkel

A native of St. Louis, Steve Schenkel has been the "first call" guitarist in St. Louis for over 20 years. He performs regularly with the St. Louis Symphony, The Fox Theater Orchestra, the Muny Orchestra, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Steve is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He received the PhD from Washington University, 1980 and the MA in Religion from Webster University.

Dr. Schenkel founded the Jazz Studies program and the Jazz Concert Series at Webster University, where he has taught music, media, and religion since 1980.

His music is heard nationally on the PBS program "Breaking Bread," as well as by millions of visitors each year in the multimedia show under the Gateway Arch. Dr. Schenkel has scored many PBS programs, including "KATY: Stories From the Trail," "Homefront," and "American Tower." Steve also wrote the theme music for the programs "In the Loop" and "StL Biz," as well as the logo music for KETC.

Dr. Schenkel orchestrated the Ken Hensley CD Running Wild, and the children's musical A Modern Day Prodigal Son. He appears on the CD 1-2-3 with pianist Dave Venn, as well as collaborations with Dan Rubright, The Lone Wild Bird, What Wondrous Love, and Whole New Light.