Clarinetist Vanessa Davis is a Buffet Crampon Artist and Clinician and performs with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra regularly while actively freelancing throughout the DFW Metroplex. Dr. Davis keeps an active schedule of solo performances and masterclasses throughout the United States. Currently, she teaches Applied Clarinet at McLennan College, Applied Clarinet and Music Appreciation at North Central Texas College, and Applied Woodwinds at Laredo College. She also maintains a select clarinet studio in a number of Independent School Districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Dr. Davis currently serves as the Audio Reviews Editor of the College Music Society Symposium Journal. An active member of the International Clarinet Association, Dr. Davis currently chairs the College and Pre-Professional Engagement Committee and writes both audio and book reviews for the journal of the organization, The Clarinet. Prior to that appointment, she chaired the Youth Committee.
Dr. Davis plays both clarinet and bass clarinet as a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and second and Eb clarinet with the Mesquite Symphony while keeping a busy schedule as a freelancer. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center, Moody Performing Arts Center, Eisemann Center, Clemens Center, Portsmouth Music Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, and Proctors Performing Arts Center in New York, among other locations. Prior to her appointment in Mesquite, she was a member of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony in Boston, the Boston Civic Symphony, Reading Massachusetts Symphony, Cambridge Symphony, and Mercury Orchestra, as well as other orchestras and chamber groups around the Boston Metro and Finger Lakes Regions.
Dr. Davis's 2022 - 2023 schedule includes Guest Artist Recitals and Masterclasses at Angel State University, New Mexico State University, West Texas A and M, University of Alabama - Birmingham, Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University, and Brigham Young University. She also will have numerous performances with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Mesquite Symphony, and other orchestras in Texas.
Dr. Davis takes pedagogy and teaching very seriously. She strives to cultivate a life-long love of learning about music and desire to play the clarinet in each and every one of her students, no matter what their primary area of study. Training students to be both discerning musicians and thoughtful practitioners, she works to foster independence and creative musical thought with her students. Under her guidance students have successfully auditioned for and attended colleges, universities, and graduate schools around the country including the University of Kansas, Texas A&M - Commerce, Texas Women's University, Ithaca College, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Michigan State University, SUNY Potsdam, California Institute of the Arts, the University of Connecticut, the Eastman School of Music, Hofstra, the University of New Hampshire, the University of North Texas, and Texas State University among others. They have also attended the prestigious Tanglewood Summer Institute, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Interlochen Arts Academy Summer Festivals.
As a writer, she has contributed to The Instrumentalist, NACWPI Journal, the International Clarinet Association journal The Clarinet, and the College Music Society Symposium Journal. As a soloist, she has performed throughout the United States and internationally, most recently in Belgium and Canada. An active member of the clarinet community she has received peer-reviewed invitations to perform and give presentations at numerous conferences including the Texas Clarinet Colloquium, International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest(r) Conference, College Music Society National Conference, the American Single Reed Summit.
Dr. Davis graduated from the University of North Texas with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance. Her dissertation won the prestigious Toulouse Dissertation Award in Fine Arts. Her primary teachers include Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano, Richard MacDowell, and David Seiler. She has also studied with Elizabeth Gunlogson. She currently resides in Dallas with her husband and their two dogs, Charlie and Penny.