Preparatory Program | Webster University

Preparatory Program


 Preparatory Program QuartetThe Preparatory Program (Prep) is designed to augment the individual music study of exceptionally talented string, woodwind, brass, and piano students who anticipate pursuing a career in music. Utilizing the vast artistic resources of the Greater St. Louis region, including the St. Louis Symphony, area University and other music professionals, and our own Community Music School and Webster University faculty, the Preparatory Program offers high caliber instruction, performance opportunities, and artistic mentoring in one comprehensive curriculum. The curriculum is centered on chamber music and also includes theory, ear training, music history and literature, performance classes, and special events such as recitals, master classes, and guest lectures. The Preparatory Program seeks to offer the resources and opportunities necessary to support tomorrow's professional musicians.

Online Application for Audition


Ages:  students in grades 9-12. Younger students may be considered, based on teacher recommendation.
Application:  Application deadline is Friday, August 24, 2018
*UPDATED* Auditions:  Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:30-9:30pm and Saturday, September 15, 2018 9am-3pm.

Who should apply:

Most advanced string, wind, and piano students who are well into the concerto level repertoire.  Brass students may be admitted, provided there is suitable repertoire for instrumentation and adequate enrollment.
In grades 9-12.  Younger students may be considered, based on teacher recommendation.
Studying privately on the instrument on which they will audition.
Highly motivated and who anticipate pursuing music study at the collegiate or conservatory level.
Enrollment is limited to 35 students.

Audition Requirements

Each student will have 10 minutes to audition.  Although jurors may hear only a portion of the repertoire, students should prepare all required material specified below:

Two (2) contrasting pieces or movements to best demonstrate technical and musical ability.  Memorization is suggested by not required.  Accompanists are not required; students may elect to bring their own accompanists.

All major and melodic minor scales.
Piano:  4 octaves plus harmonic minor scales
Strings:  3 octaves/4 notes per bow
Woodwinds & Brass:  minimum 2 octaves plus chromatic scales.

Sight-reading excerpts will selected by the jurors for the audition.

A written theory survey will be administred for placement purposes.  Please allow 20 minutes for completion before or after your audition time slot.

CLICK HERE for the Suggested Audition Repertoire

 Fees:  $885 for the two-semester program

  • $30 non-refundable registration fee assessed once per academic year per student upon enrollment.
  • Upon acceptance, tuition is billed in October.  Limited tuition assistance is available.

Program Dates:  September 26, 2018 - April 28, 2019

Orientation (6:30 pm):  Wednesday, September 26, 2018

3 Concert Cycle Rotations (weekly coachings): 10/08-11/18; 1/7-2/20; 3/10-4/28

Wednesday Group Classes (6-9pm): October 10, November 7, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, and April 10 (2nd Wednesday of each month except November)

St. Looey Chamber Blitz:  February 8-10, 2019

Mini-Workshop:  Fall-November (TBD): Spring-April (TBD)

Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition:  May 11-12, 2019 (selected students only)

2018-19 Concerts 
Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 6pm
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7pm 
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 6pm 

Click Here to go to the Prep YouTube Channel.


Vera Parkin Vera Parkin, Artistic Director 

B.M and M.M. Piano Performance with chamber music certificate, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; undergraduate studies at Northwestern University; doctoral work at Washington University; teachers include Gui Mombaerts, Ruth Slenczynska, and Seth and Maryse Carlin; keyboardist, St. Louis Symphony since 1987; adjunct professor of piano, Webster University; staff accompanist, Webster University, UMSL, and Community Music School of Webster University; former Artist Presentation Society winner; former Director of Student Life and teaching artist, Innsbrook Institute. St. Louis Symphony's Music Educator of the Year, 2011.

 Resources for Prospective Students:

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