Houghton College welcomes Justin Davis as the new interim director of instrumental music. 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.
In his new position at Houghton, Professor Davis conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches horn, and oversees the instrumental chamber music program. In addition, he teaches basic and advanced conducting for undergraduate music majors and is the director for the graduate instrumental conducting program at Houghton.
Speaking on the reason he came to Houghton, Prof. Davis says, “Houghton provides me with an opportunity to work in a supportive and loving environment, while not sacrificing excellence in teaching and music making… The Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College is continuing its calling and charge to be a leader in music performance, composition, technology and education, and I'm proud to support and further our mission.”
While balancing his conducting and teaching responsibilities at Houghton College, Professor Davis is also working to complete his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Professor Davis has studied with Dr. John Locke and Dr. Kevin Geraldi at UNCG, and during his studies there, he guest conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Casella Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, as well as Opera scenes.
Prof. Davis has been honored as an Outstanding Teaching Assistant nominee, and in 2012, he was honored to conduct the UNCG Horn Ensemble at the Southeast Horn Workshop and the UNCG Clarinet Choir.
Prof. Davis earned his Bachelor of Arts 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, Fla). A passionate supporter of music education and teacher education, Prof. Davis has presented at both the Florida and North Carolina Music Educators Conferences on communication techniques for beginning music educators.
Prof. 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.