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A message from the Department of Music faculty:

As the news from around the country continues to expose deep racial inequities, including violence against and killing of Black Americans, often without accountability, the Department of Music realizes that we need not only to stand behind Webster's university-wide statements and initiatives, but also to speak directly to the students and faculty in our immediate community.

Black Lives Matter, and we stand with our Black students and colleagues and commit ourselves to antiracist action. An antiracist working group of departmental faculty and student leaders is currently working on an action plan for dismantling racism within our curriculum, policies, and procedures. Additionally, we recognize the grave emotional and psychological toll that continued news of racism and violence takes on our Black students, and we want those students to know that we see, hear, and stand in support of them.

We affirm students' need for space and time to process and heal. We commit to offering appropriate academic accommodations and support and are actively strategizing the best practices for doing so. We encourage students to seek the support of Webster's Student Counseling and Life Development center and we are happy to help students make contact and schedule appointments. We must and will be better.

Department of Music Faculty
October 2020

Music at Webster . . .

Greetings from the Department of Music in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts!

Webster University in Saint Louis provides you unparalleled experience and unrivaled training, thanks to our setting in a major urban area. Our music faculty includes outstanding professional practitioners: composers, teachers, performers, conductors, historians, artists.

Our classes and programs of study offer real-world knowledge to help you prepare for immediate success. Our applied faculty includes members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, recognized as one of the world's great orchestras, and other professional musical artists.

We select our students through live audition and interview as we mold a new-student class for engagement with each other, and with faculty and staff, in our National Historic Register-listed music building. You see, since 1915 we've been preparing students through distinctive programs that combine outstanding academic and performance experiences within a challenging educational environment.

We take seriously our part in living out the university's mission: transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.  You'll find transforming challenges in classes, lessons, and ensembles. You'll find your world view expanded and enhanced through collaborative endeavors, guest artists, and master classes… and study in Vienna!

Nurturing, family, challenging… these are words that describe music study at Webster.
 Please visit us here, and in person, and see for yourself!

Dr. Jeffrey Carter
Professor & Chair

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