Assistant Professor of Conducting and Horn; Director of Instrumental Activities
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Conductor and music director, Justin Davis, is a versatile artist and conductor who is respected on the concert hall stage, in the musical theater/opera pit and the musical marching idiom as well. Professor Davis is currently serving as an Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Instrumental Activities for the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College in Houghton, NY. At Houghton, Prof. Davis conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, teaches horn, and oversees the instrumental music program. In addition, he teaches basic and advanced conducting, wind literature and is the director for the graduate instrumental conducting program at Houghton.
Dr. Davis holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied with Dr. John Locke and Dr. Kevin Geraldi. As conductor of the University Band at UNCG, his ensemble consistently gave challenging and artistic performances while collaborating with outstanding solo artists in the Greensboro area. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Davis guest conducted with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Casella Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra and Opera scenes and has been honored as an outstanding Teaching Assistant nominee. In 2012, he was honored to conduct the UNCG Horn Ensemble at the Southeast Horn Workshop held at Tennessee Tech University and the UNCG Clarinet Choir at the 2012 Vandoren/Buffet International Clarinet Ensemble Festival held in Greensboro.
Dr. Davis earned his B.A. in Music Education with Honors in 1999 and his Master of Music in Wind Conducting with a cognate in music education in 2009 from Western Illinois University where he studied with Dr. Michael Fansler and Dr. Douglas Phillips. As a veteran public school educator, he has taught band, orchestra, choir, and AP music theory, most notably at Freedom High School (Orlando, FL) where his students consistently earned Superior ratings in concert, jazz, marching band and solo/ensemble performance and were selected as the Honor Band for the 2006 Chick-Fil-A Bowl. A passionate supporter of music education and teacher education, Dr. Davis has presented at both the Florida and North Carolina Music Educators Conferences on communication techniques for beginning music educators.
While teaching, he continued to perform as second horn with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Walt Disney World Orchestra and assistant principal horn with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony. Through clinics and workshops, Dr. Davis has studied conducting with Michael Haithcock, Frank Battisti, Jon Dugle, and Rodney Winther and was the conductor in residence and logistical manager for the 41st International Horn Society Symposium held in 2009.
Dr. Davis is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, International Horn Society, National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, National Association for Music Education, and the Conductors Guild. He is proud to be a supportive boyfriend to the love of his life, Sara, and a proud papa to his Golden Retriever, Koda.