Category Archives: Musical Theatre

At the piano

I was privileged last month to participate in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

And I always seem to have my RBF/game-face on when playing the piano.

Conservatory 50th Anniversary – Donor Dinner-Bust Unveiling

Conservatory 50th Anniversary – Donor Dinner-Bust Unveiling

Conservatory 50th Anniversary – Donor Dinner-Bust Unveiling



As usual, I am insanely proud of my Webster University voice students . . . this time thanks to the university production of Brigadoon. (It’s still running today, with one more performance at 2 p.m. at the Loretto-Hilton Center.)

Brigadoon was the first Golden Era musical I ever music-directed, and it holds a special place in my heart. And this production was lavish to view and lovingly sung.

Two of the six principals are my voice students. Here they are getting married:

And after the show, these selfies with my kids:


I was here

I have no sons, at least none I can claim,
And no patience for carving in stone.
All that I have are my skill and my name
And this chance to make both of them known.
This is my key to the portal,
How I can leave something immortal . . .
Something that time cannot make disappear —
Something to say ‘I was here.’

~from The Glorious Ones by Ahrens & Flaherty

Downtown Rotary

Two wonderful Webster students and I appeared on Thursday at the weekly Downtown Rotary Club luncheon at the Missouri Athletic Club.   We were the post-Valentine’s Day entertainment in a lighter program.  I’m grateful to my colleague Beth Russell for inviting us!

Some Strauss, Puccini, Novello, Lerner & Loewe, and Kerrigan and Lowdermilk filled the room.

Thanks to club photographer Doug Russell for permission to post some of photos from the day:






My soundtrack

I’ve had an eclectic soundtrack running through my brain over the last 36 hours as I’ve been demonically possessed by a stomach bug.

Much of time has been spent prone, with eyes closed, drifting in and out of sleep.

And I’ve become increasingly aware of the low-level, deep-brain soundtrack of songs that have been on auto-play in my subconscious.

Chief among them is “I’m Home” from Captains Courageous. I keep hearing Spencer sing it, but I’ve also been working with Declan on this song. I don’t know why it’s on auto-repeat in my brain, but I’m not unhappy that this is so.

Other songs on the playlist are almost all from things I’m currently teaching in my studio.

Years ago, when I was in college, I realized that I knew the lyrics to a lot of pop songs — I did not listen to pop music very much — simply because of the time I spent hearing this music in the dorm office and at Pizza Hut.

NEVER underestimate how things can sink into your brain, and how much we pick up –text, visuals, sounds, ideas, attitudes — simply by exposure!