Bird’s Eye View: Chamber Singers Choral Season Kicks Off Oct.10

| October 2, 2014
Global Marketing & Communications photographer Cencio Boc capturing the group's portrait on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

Global Marketing & Communications photographer Cencio Boc captures the group’s portrait on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Sept. 29.

Fresh from a stunningly successful Spring 2014 concert series, the Webster University Chamber Singers, led by Trent Patterson, kick off the new choral season on Friday, Oct. 10.

This performance also features the premiere of educator and conductor Emily Pikaard as the new leader of the Webster University Women’s Chorus. An eclectic program of repertoire for mixed choir and treble voices includes works by Josquin des Prez, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Samuel Barber, Norman Dello Joio, Moses Hogan, as well as works by some of today’s most prolific American choral composers.

Snapshots: Downtown Photo Shoot Goes Aerial

Webster University Chamber Singers gathered for their annual group portrait shoot on Sept. 29, this year setting up on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

A difference this year: The singers caught the eye of a park ranger 630 feet above.

The park ranger posted at the top of the iconic Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial managed by the U.S. Park Service, noticed the Chamber Singers’ photo shoot occurring. He took a picture, then radioed one of the rangers at the Old Courthouse to find out where he could send the photo.

View from the Arch: The Chamber Singers stand on the steps of the Old Courthouse. The photo was taken by a park ranger posted at the top of the Arch.

View from the Arch: The Chamber Singers stand on the steps of the Old Courthouse. The photo was taken by a park ranger posted at the top of the Arch.

About the Chamber Singers

Webster University Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 24 singers that performs choral literature from all historical periods, many world cultures and styles. Recent large-scale choral works performed include Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Copland’s In the beginning, and Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 588. Comprised of music majors and several students from other disciplines, the ensemble tours annually and represents the Department of Music at university events and community functions throughout the Saint Louis region.

In March 2014, Chamber Singers performed for the Southwestern Divisional American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Two months prior in January, they were the headline college/university choir for the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference at Tan-Tar-A. The Chamber Singers have sung in master classes for the British a cappella ensembles Stile Antico and Voces 8, and for eminent conductors Charlene Archibeque, David Rayl (November 2014), and Trey Jacobs through Webster-sponsored artist residencies. The Chamber Singers are featured in the DVD How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great with Charlene Archibeque, which is available through GIA Publications.

 

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