2015 News

  • During the 2015 summer session the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative again joined with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to provide professional development opportunities for music educators from area elementary, middle and high schools. Held in the Music Building on campus, the sessions focused on preparing teachers to use the national “Music! Words! Opera” program as a means of delivering the general music curriculum. Instructors for the sessions were Roger Ames and Clifford Brooks, original authors of the program.
  • The Collaborative also supported the participation of area string teachers in the summer Chamber Music Camp produced by UMSL’s Arianna String Quartet. Participating elementary, middle and high school orchestra teachers were able to earn certificates of professional development for the number of clock hours invested.

  • The date for the 2015 Des Lee Showcase Instrumental Concert has been set for November 6. Featured ensembles include the Lindbergh High School Symphonic Orchestra, the Riverview Gardens High School Jazz Ensemble, the St. Gabriel the Archangel Elementary School Concert Band, the Brittany Woods (University City) Eighth Grade Concert Band, and the Wright City High School Concert Band. The free concert, at Powell Hall, will begin at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are needed.