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September 2012 C-Blast:  Monthly News From the Community Music School
CMS Alumna to Appear on NPR'S From the Top
Welcome New CMS Faculty!
Calling all Student Composers!
Discovering the Hidden Musician Within
Concerts & Events Happening around St. Louis
Attention: Students, Parents & Faculty....
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Did you do something exciting this summer?  Tell us about it!  We'll feature it in the October issue of the c-blast.  

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September 5:  YPCO & YPSO seating charts will be available online after 3 p.m.
September 9:  Percussion Ensemble first rehearsal 
September 10:  YPSO first rehearsal 
September 13:  YPCO first rehearsal 
September 17:  SO seating chart will be available online after 3 p.m. 
September 19:  SO/SE first rehearsal 
September 21:  Young Composers Competition entry deadline
September 26:  PREP orientation 

October 14:  CMS Faculty Recital at 4:30 p.m. 
Shelby Nugent
CMS Alumna to Appear on NPR's From the Top 

CMS PREP Program Alumna and horn player Shelby Nugent will appear on a national broadcast of From the Top on NPR, the preeminent showcase for America's best young classical musicians, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley.  The episode will air locally on St. Louis Public Radio (90.7) on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 7 p.m.  From the Top's 2011-12 National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.    

Shelby Nugent, horn, from Waterloo, IL, recently won second place at the International Horn Society Premier Soloist Competition in Denton, Texas.  She was one of five finalists that competed at the international competition in May 2012.  Shelby is currently a freshman at Northwestern University, where she is studying music performance.  She performed "Movement I:  Massig beweg" from the Sonata for Horn and Piano by Paul Hindemith on From the Top.


Learn more about From the Top at:


Welcome New CMS Faculty! 

The CMS is pleased to welcome three new faculty members:  Patricia Ruiloba Gitto, cello; Eliana Haig, viola & violin; and Jessica Knopf, saxophone.  

Patricia Ruiloba Gitto, cello

M.M. in Performance, Texas State University-San Marcos; Cellist, National Symphony Orchestra of Panama, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Texas State Chamber Orchestra, Instrumenta Oaxaca M�xico; Principal Cellist, Texas State Symphony Orchestra; Performed with Cronus, Oxus Quartet, Sforzato Quartet, Musik String Studio Ensemble, Orquesta Juvenil de Panam�, Orquesta Juvenil Istme�a;  Former faculty, Conservatory of Panama, Alamo City Strings, After School String Program in San Antonio, Texas, Musical Summer Camp of the Concerts National Association;  Former Member, Texas Music Educators Association; Member, Musicians Association of St. Louis, Suzuki Association of the Americas.  


Eliana Haig, viola & violin

Artist Diploma, Purchase College SUNY; M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., cum laude, Lawrence University; primary teachers include Ira Weller, George Taylor, and Matthew Michelic, Suzuki pedagogy with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. Former Violin and Viola Faculty, Kanack School of Music, School No. 19 "Strings for Success" Program, Amadeus Conservatory; former section member, Erie Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra; former substitute, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; current substitute, Civic Orchestra of Chicago; summer festivals include the National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Festival, and National Orchestral Institute. For more information, visit


Jessica Knopf, saxophone

M.M. in performance, summa cum laude, University of Missouri; B.M. in performance, summa cum laude, Bowling Green State University; World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland; St. Louis Tour with Domingo Saxophone Quartet, Music at the Manor House Concert Series, Midwest Tour with H3O Saxophone Quartet, Lourdes College Music Festival; Guest Clinician, Maumee Middle School; Teaching Assistant, University of Missouri.  1st Place, Graduate Woodwind Division at Missouri Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association Competition State Winner with H3O Saxophone Quartet, 1st Place, Bowling State University Chamber Music Competition with H3O Saxophone Quartet; Honorable Mention, Music Teachers National Association State Competition with Domingo Saxophone Quartet.

Student Composers Invited to Enter Competition! 

WHAT:  Young Composers Competition (YCC) sponsored by Arden & Harry Fisher.  


WHO:  Student composers, ages 12-21, in two age categories: Level I for students ages 12-16, and Level II for students ages 17-21. 



  • Recognition at the YCC concert on Saturday, December 1, 2012.
  • Professional performance and recording of composition at the YCC concert.
  • Invited to participate in composition workshop weekend on December 1-2, 2012.  Workshop topics include copyright and self-publishing.
  • Written critique and conference with guest composer Zack Browning.  Find out more about Mr. Browning at


WHEN:  Entry forms and compositions must be submitted and postmarked bSeptember 21, 2012. 


ENTRY FORMS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: or call (314) 968-5939 for an entry form and competition guidelines.  


Student, Alumni & Faculty Kudos: 
  • Dan Fan, percussion (Elstner & PE) was accepted into the Northwestern University Summer Percussion Symposium.    
  • Christian McGhee, percussion (Elstner) was awarded a scholarship for the Webster University Summer Jazz Camp 
  • Tim Padgett, percussion (Elstner & PE)  was accepted into the Northwestern University Summer Percussion Symposium.    
  • CMS Alumnus Matthew Steins, percussion (Elstner & PE) won the Aspen Music Festival & Academy 2012 Brass & Percussion Concerto Competition.  Matthew was the first percussionist to win this competition in over 28 years!  
  • CMS Piano Instructor, Karl Koesterer, was a featured performer at the Jefferson College Foundation's Patron of the Arts Classical Concert in August.
  • New CMS Saxophone Instructor, Jessica Knopf, performed the world premiere of a work by Chen Yi at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. Click here to watch her performance.  
Discovering the Hidden Musician Within   

CMS Supporter & Patron, Hildegard Beiseman, shares her story about attending the Community Music School's Recital and the McKinley Classical Leadership Academy High School Band Concert. 

Our Webster University's Community Music School instructors teach a number of talented metro area youngsters and have created noteworthy musicians of these wonderful kids.  This was so evident to me in the students' performances at the McKinley Classical Academy and High School on May 8.


I personally was given violin lessons in the third grade at Oak Hill School in South St. Louis.  My dad was a good violinist and was very proud when I was chosen to be in the orchestra all the way through the 8th grade.  I have always felt the need to assist talented youngsters who might not have had the same opportunities that I had.  As a grade school student, learning to play music was possibly my most exciting adventure.


The Community Music School of Webster University afforded me this opportunity through its outreach program.  Hearing the inspiring young performers in recital surely made me feel fulfilled.  These students were not just kids scraping out a sound on their instruments, but rather "accomplished musicians" created by our dedicated Webster University CMS instructors.


I wish to commend the director, Carol Commerford, on her excellent work with the music school's many performances throughout the year.  Sharon Tash, a CMS accompanist and piano teacher, introduced my friends and me to the work of the Community Music School and immediately piqued our interest.  I really enjoy the many recitals that Carol Commerford puts together, and the young student performers are all exciting.  Their enthusiasm is contagious. 


Sharon Tash accompanied all the participants in the McKinley recital and promised us a touching experience with Emma, our first performer.  Emma was darling, and the large sax was nearly bigger than the musician - a delightful intro for us all, well done.  The recital was a most treasured experience.  Carol and Sharon made us feel a part of everything. 


Following the great recital was a wonderful program presented by the McKinley Goldbug's Jazz Band, which included many of the recital musicians and was under the direction of Bob Dorries.  The band concert caused me to relive the 1940's USO dances at Kiel Auditorium.  My friends and I danced every week at the USO, while my brother and my friends' family members served overseas.  Seventy years later, these young jazz musicians took me back once again to that USO dance floor.


The Community Music School of Webster University is answering many of my desires.  I feel I am participating in the exciting creation of the musicians who may well address the artistic aspirations of future generations for many years to come.


I wish that everyone reading my words would consider sponsoring the Community Music School and allow the dream of that "hidden musician" inside themselves become a reality.  I believe no one would ever know of these young Mozarts or Bachs unless they were provided with the guidance, means, and opportunity to perform.


Hildegard Beiseman

Member, Leadership Circle, Daniel Webster Society

Webster University 


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Concerts & Musical Events Happening Around St. Louis....
  • Saturday, September 8, 3:45 p.m.:  The St. Louis Wind Symphony performs at the St. Louis Art Fair.  FREE & open to the public.  CMS instructors Clara Richter, flute, and Cathy Woelbling-Paul, oboe, are members of the St. Louis Wind Symphony.  For more info visit:  
  • Friday, September 14, 8:00 p.m.:  Chamber Project St. Louis presents "Youth" a concert featuring music about the boundless energy of youthful love, mischief, and limitless opportunity at the Chapel Venue.  Featuring CMS instructors:  Laura Reycraft, viola, and Dana Hotle, clarinet. Tickets:  $10 in advance, $15 at the door, & $4 with a student ID.  For more info or to purchase tickets visit:  
  • Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.:  The St. Louis Symphony presents a concert at the bottom of Art Hill in Forest Park.  This FREE concert kicks off their exciting 2012-13 season.  FREE and open to the public.  For more info visit:
  • Sunday, September 23, 3:00 p.m.:  The St. Louis Wind Symphony presents the kick off to their 2012-13 season with a concert at the Keating Center Theatre on the campus of Kirkwood High School.   CMS instructors Clara Richter, flute, and Cathy Woelbling-Paul, oboe, are members of the St. Louis Wind Symphony.  For more info visit: 
  • Saturday, September 29, 8:00 p.m.:  The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society presents their first concert of the 2012-13 season at the Ethical Society.  The concert will feature French classical guitarist Galle Solal.  Tickets:  $20-24, plus a $4 discount for students & seniors.  For more info or to purchase tickets visit:
Educational Opportunity....
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The Community Music School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and is a certified member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater Saint Louis and support from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.  Financial assistance for the Chamber Music Encounter has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  The Preparatory Program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 
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