Allison Webb - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Allison Webb

Special Events Intern

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Allison Webb is a Chicago-based horn player, teacher, and arts administrator. She holds performance degrees from Columbus State University (BM ‘18) and DePaul University (MM ‘21). Allison currently works as an intern with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra where she assists the development and marketing team with  planning donor events. 

 In addition to working with the CYSO, Allison loves to perform! She has worked with ensembles such as the Gargoyle Brass, the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, the Springer Opera House, the Montgomery Chorale Orchestra, and the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra. She has toured around the country playing principal horn with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus State Wind Ensemble in a wide array of venues such as the New World Center in Miami, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, and the River Center for the Performing Arts in Columbus. 

Ms. Webb is also an avid recording artist. Contemporary arranger and composer,  Madeline A. Lee, features Allison on her website playing her recent horn choir arrangement of Stephen Schwartz’s “Defying Gravity”. She can also be heard on composer Collin Wittlich’s new work, 3 Miniatures for 2 Horns and Electronics, premiering in November of  2021. 

Allison’s primary horn teachers include Oto Carrillo (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Neil Kimel (Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins. In 2020, Allison was chosen to be an Orchestra Fellow with the Round Top Festival Institute and was able to spend the summer studying virtually with Eric Reed, horn player of the American Brass Quintet. 

Ms. Webb is passionate about helping young musicians hone their craft and broadening access to music education. In 2017 she assisted with the creation of an educational children’s show performed by horn quartet at the Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy in Columbus, GA. In addition to seeking educational outreach opportunities, Ms. Webb enjoys teaching private students both virtually and in person!

When she isn’t working, Allison loves to sing and play her ukulele. She also enjoys trying out new recipes and spending time outdoors!

What was the first ensemble you ever played in?

The first orchestra I ever played in was the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. I was in high school and up until that point I had only played with wind ensembles. I remember the first rehearsal vividly! I was mesmerized by the way it felt to play horn with a string section and I remember thinking to myself- “I hope I can do this forever!” 

Who is your favorite composer and why?

Taylor Swift- no explanation needed. 

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