Justin Davis

Assistant Professor of Conducting and Horn; Director of Instrumental Activities

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Conductor and music director, Justin Davis, is a versatile artist who is respected on the concert hall stage, in the opera pit and the musical marching idiom. Performances under his baton have been heralded as “top notch and artistic” by composer Sarah Baugher. Conductor and Music Educator Gary Stith says that under Davis the “Symphonic Wind Ensemble has never played so musical. (Davis) empowers them not to watch, but listen to one another and it is magical.”

Dr. Davis is Assistant Professor of Conducting and Horn and Director of Instrumental Activities for the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College in Houghton, NY. At Houghton, Dr. Davis conducts the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra, Opera performances, Houghton Chamber Players, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches horn, and oversees the instrumental music program. In addition, he teaches basic and advanced conducting, wind and orchestral literature and is the director for the graduate instrumental conducting program at Houghton. Ensembles at Houghton under Dr. Davis’ direction have performed and toured regionally, nationally and internationally since his appointment in January 2013. Upcoming performances outside of his appointment at Houghton include the 2015 Monroe County (NY) All-County Band, guest conducting the Southern Tier Symphony in May, 2015 and music director and conductor of the National Christian Honor Band, which will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on May 31, 2015.

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.

In 1999, Dr. Davis earned his B.A. in Music Education with Honors and in 2009, his Master of Music in Wind Conducting with a cognate in music education from Western Illinois University.  At WIU he studied conducting with Dr. Jon Dugle, Dr. Michael Fansler and Dr. Douglas Phillips. As a veteran secondary 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 continues to perform as a hornist with the Southern Tier Symphony horn section and previously 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, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Rodney Winther and was the conductor in residence and logistical manager for the 41st International Horn Society Symposium held in 2009. Prof. Davis has studied horn with Dr. Randall Faust (Western Illinois) Prof. Roger Collins (Western Illinois), and Mrs. Jennifer Kummer (Nashville Symphony, Studio hornist). 


Dr. Davis is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, College Orchestra Directors Association, International Horn Society, National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, National Association for Music Education, New York State Band Directors Association and the Conductors Guild. 

Dr. Davis resides in Geneseo with his wife, Houghton Instructor of Clarinet and Coordinator of Graduate Studies Sara Rupe, and their dog Koda and cat Ava.

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