Chamber Singers Selected to Perform at MMEA Conference

This is the second time this year that the Chamber Singers have been selected to perform at a prestigious conference.

ST. LOUIS - Webster University Chamber Singers have been selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) annual conference in January. This is the second time this year that the choir has been invited to perform at a conference for music educators.

In June, the choir was invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) biennial divisional conference, which will be held March 19-22, 2014 in Little Rock, Ark.

“These are coveted invitations,” said Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Webster University Department of Music, located in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts.  “Webster University has never before had an ensemble selected for MMEA.  That our flagship choir was selected in its first year of eligibility under Dr. Trent Patterson is an honor AND a mark of the kind of game-changing teaching that is happening in our choral program.”

Three university choirs were selected to perform at MMEA, Carter said. Besides Webster University Chamber Singers, choral ensembles from University of Missouri Kansas City and from Drury University also will perform.

In order to be selected, all the choirs that applied had to submit a dossier of information and performance recordings, which were then reviewed through a blind audition process.

A similar audition process was used for the ACDA conference. The choir's performance at that event will be Webster University's first performance for the ACDA and also will be the first-ever performance by a St. Louis area University at an ACDA conference.

Webster's choral ensemble is comprised of select students who reflect the artistic strength of the vocal studies program of the University. Many of the students are music majors, with others representing a variety of majors at Webster University.