Dickerson: Essay for Band
We’re excited to share with you today the Wind Ensemble’s performance of Roger Dickerson’s “Essay for Band.” Composed in 1957, “Essay for Band” is a great piece in the Wind Band medium, however it is not performed nearly as often as it should be, so we were delighted to perform it back in September. We hope you enjoy!
Spring 2022 Ensemble Auditions
Spring ensemble auditions are coming up later this month. Information and excerpts for brass, woodwinds, and percussion are available at the link below. Good luck to all auditioning, and happy practicing!
Strauss: Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare
Today, we’re sharing the video of our Wind Ensemble’s performance of Richard Strauss’s “Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare” with you. This was the first piece that Prof. Junkin conducted with the UT Wind Ensemble in 1988, and he figured it was the perfect piece to begin our first concert back after the pandemic. We hope you enjoy!
Thomas: Of Our New Day Begun
We are so enjoying making live music together again, and we’re excited to begin sharing performance videos with you. Check out our Wind Ensemble’s performance of Omar Thomas’s (@omarthomasmusic) “Of Our New Day Begun” from our first concert this season. We could think of no better way to conclude our first concert back. We hope you enjoy!
Meet Dr. Webb
The Butler School of Music is proud to announce that Dr. LaToya Webb will be joining us this summer as Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band and Assistant Professor of Practice in Conducting. Currently an instructor of wind conducting at Auburn and Grambling State universities, Dr. Webb is an active presenter and writer on topics of bias, diversity, equity, and inclusion in music education. In 2021 alone she will have appeared as a speaker at meetings of NAfME, the College Music Society, and the Midwest Clinic. She recently co-founded the organization I See You: Affirming Representation in Music. Its mission states: “All minoritized students deserve to see themselves reflected and affirmed in and through the music community.” As a conductor, she was the recipient of a Reynolds Conducting Institute Fellowship in 2019. Dr. Webb holds degrees from Norfolk State University, George Mason University, and the PhD in Music Education from Auburn University. Director of Bands Jerry Junkin says, “We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Webb to our UT family! There is little doubt that she is indeed a rising star in the profession, and I know that our students, as well as our colleagues, will benefit greatly from her inspiring musicianship and leadership. LaToya Webb will bring her infectious personality and work ethic to Austin, and we could not possibly be more excited to begin our work together!”
The Art of Band Rehearsing and Conducting Workshop
We are excited to announce the return of our Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsing Workshop this summer! Featuring clinicians Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole, Richard Floyd, Scott Hanna, Ryan Kelly, Joshua Gall, and Bob Duke, participants will experience regulated and socially distanced conducting with members of the UT Chamber Winds and digital sessions hosted by our world-renowned clinicians.
Registration is now open. Learn more on our website: https://sites.utexas.edu/bands/conducting-workshop/