Dean Charles H. Webb Chair in Music
Charles H. Webb is a musician of unique versatility. From pianist and concert organist to choral and instrumental conductor to composer and administrator, Dr. Webb has received acclaim in virtually every area of music. For 24 years, Dr. Webb served as Dean of Indiana University School of Music. Known and respected internationally, Dr. Webb was awarded the 1997 Rockefeller Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy for the study of hymns of all faiths; the 1989 Indiana Governor's Award for the Arts; the 1987 Thomas Hart Benton Medal for Indiana University; the 1980 Distinguished Alumni Award from Southern Methodist University; and the Sagamore of the Wabash Awards from three Indiana Governors.
Dr. Webb enjoys a successful career as a solo and duo-pianist. With piano partner Wallace Hornibrook, he has performed internationally for over 45 years. He is sought as a judge for music competitions and has presided on the jury of such prestigious competitions as the Liszt-Bartok Competition in Hungary, the Munich Competition, the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Carl Flesch Competition in London, and many others. He is a member of the recommendation board for the Avery Fisher Prize and the advisory board of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition. In 1997 he was named a member of the Alliance of Distinguished Professors at Indiana University.
As a concert organist, Dr. Webb dedicated new organ installation, is highly respected as a consultant for organ installations, and serves on the Advisory Board of the American Guild of Organists. He has served as the organist of First United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Indiana for over 35 years. He was a member of the Hymnal Revision Committee of the United Methodist Church and has published over 100 descants and free harmonizations.
Because of her esteem and respect for Dr. Webb, Barbara M. Barrow Jacobs (BS, 1948) established the Dean Charles H. Webb Chair in Music in 1998. The Dean Charles H. Webb Chair in Music is currently held by Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler.