Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Music School's Moving Cited in Resignations

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Music School's Moving Cited in Resignations

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Some faculty members of the St. Louis Symphony Music School's branch in Webster Groves have apparently resigned over a decision to move the school.

The decision to move the school from 23 North Gore Avenue to the Webster University campus was announced in March. The deadline for teachers to return contracts was Friday.

"We've had some resignations from the Webster branch and others," said Sheila Ryerse, Symphony Music School director. "That's normal each year."

Ryerse said only three teachers had so far cited the change of location as a reason for resigning. Ryerse did not know a total number of resignations. The school has about 65 teachers, some of whom rotate among the school's six sites.

The Symphony, in announcing the move to the university, said the facilities would be bigger and cost less. Ryerse said it would also help the school develop a stronger relationship with Webster University. As part of a series of educational initiatives announced in March, the Symphony is establishing a graduate-level orchestra internship program and conductor-training program based at Webster. …

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