Linda Silva

Teacher, Director of Instrumental Music
Oberlin College Conservatory of Music – B.M.
Rice University – M.M.

Professional focus: I am the director of instrumental music at Webb. I conduct the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Webb. I am so lucky that I get to work with musicians, since it is my favorite thing to do. In addition to teaching, I am a freshman advisor and I lead the music performance afternoon activity. I have worked in the dorms for over 10 years as well as taking students on arts adventures (concerts, dance, art museums) as part of our weekend activities.

Professional or scholarly activities: I also play the clarinet professionally and I am part-time faculty at Cal Poly University, Pomona.

Grew up: Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Houston, Texas.

Favorite spot at Webb: My favorite spot at Webb is either in the Liu/Cheung theater working with students or walking across the campus gazing at the mountains

Favorite music or musician: Beethoven and Mozart rock my boat, but so does the music of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and musical theater….

Favorite book or author: The Overstory by Richard Powers and Hallelujah Junction: Composing and American Life by John Adams

Favorite TV show or movie? Seinfeld

Saturday routine? When I am not teaching I can be found swimming in oceans and pools, hiking, visiting art museums, and playing/listening to music concerts. My husband, Dirk, and I have two grown children. Katy is a visual artist and works in development at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas and Nathan is an athlete and works at Webb in student services.