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Daniel Thomas Davis

Associate Professor of Music



Daniel Thomas Davis' wide range of musical activities has taken him from the stages of Carnegie Hall and the Royal Opera House to monasteries in the Horn of Africa to directing new-music festivals in the rural South. His music has been performed and/or recorded by cellist Lynn Harrell, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Lontano Ensemble, Charlotte Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Ossian Ensemble, Latvia International Festival, BBC Singers, Boston's Back Bay Chorale, eighth blackbird and the Meehan/Perkins Duo. Other performers of his music have included members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Anonymous 4, as well as performers from the Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, English Chamber, BBC Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. A committed collaborator with artists in other media, Davis recently scored the awarding-winning feature film "An Encounter with Simone Weil," which premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam before its American theatrical release. Davis has received fellowships from the British Government (Marshall Scholar), the Bogliasco Foundation and the Yaddo Colony, and has been honored by awards from BMI and ASCAP. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Royal Academy of Music, School of Oriental and African Studies, Peabody Conservatory of Music and Johns Hopkins University, and has studied composition with William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Chris Theofanidis, and Judith Weir. Immersed in shaped-note singing since his childhood in the rural South, he has strong interests in American popular and traditional musics – especially blues, old-time country, and congregational singing. Fascinated by the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the human voice, Davis has also studied ethnomusicology and several East African vocal/string traditions, primarily with master artists in Ethiopia and Eritrea. An active scholar, pianist and conductor, he has previously taught at Duke University and the California College of the Arts. For more information about Professor Davis' recordings, compositions and writings, visit: www.danielthomasdavis.com.

Research Interests

  • Music Composition