LaToya Webb, a graduate teaching assistant in the department of music in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University in Alabama, has been selected to attend the U.S. Army Band Conductors Workshop this summer. Her selection makes her the first African American woman to be chosen for this prestigious event.
Throughout the four-day workshop, Webb will partake in intensive conducting/rehearsing opportunities with the U.S. Army Band. She will also be mentored by guest clinician Michael Hathcock, director of bands at the University of Michigan, and Colonel Andrew Esch, the U.S. Army Band leader and commander. The workshop will culminate with Webb guest conducting the U.S. Army Band Concert Band in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Virginia, on July 18.
“This experience will aid me in reaching my goals to influence the lives of individuals through music, to endeavor to be a culturally diverse role model, and to support students in their trajectory in academics and personal growth,” said Webb.
In her current role at Auburn, Webb has been teaching undergraduate courses and serving as the graduate conductor of the Auburn University symphonic winds. She also assists with undergraduate instrumental conducting, administration of educational programs, and departmental promotional materials. Prior to this position, she was the music director and activities/events coordinator at Somerset Prep D.C. in Washington, D.C.
Webb is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in instrumental music education at Auburn University.