Clarinetist Vanessa Davis is a Buffet Crampon Artist and Clinician and performs with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, and Toccare Winds regularly while keeping an active schedule of solo performances and masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. She teaches Clarinet at Stephen F. Austin State University, Clarinet at Lubbock Christian University, and 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 Secretary of the South Central Chapter of the College Music Society. An active member of the International Clarinet Association, Dr. Davis writes both audio and book reviews for the journal of the organization, The Clarinet. She also the Chair of the Youth Committee. The International Clarinet Association Youth Committee creates and implements educational and artistic initiatives geared toward the high school and collegiate members of the organization.
Dr. Davis is the principal clarinet of the Toccare Winds, a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and plays 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, Corning Museum of Glass, Portsmouth Music Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, and Proctors Performing Arts Center in New York, among others. 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 Boston Civic Symphony, Reading Massachusetts Symphony, Cambridge Symphony, Mercury Orchestra, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Boston as well as other orchestras and chamber groups around the Boston Metro, Finger Lakes, and Dallas Fort-Worth areas.
Dr. Davis's Fall 2021 schedule includes masterclasses at Texas Christian University, San Angelo University, and the University of South Dakota. With performing ensembles coming back to live all live performance and masterclass dates will be listed on the events calendar.
Dr. Davis takes pedagogy and teaching very seriously. Training students to be both discerning musicians and thoughtful practitioners, she works to foster independence and a respect for all aspects of music and perfrmance with her students. Her students have been successful at the district, region, area, and state levels. Under her guidance students have successfully auditioned for and attended the Tanglewood Summer Institute, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Interlochen Arts Academy Summer Festivals among others. Her students have also earned numerous awards and honors including positions in the All-Eastern Band and Orchestra, the International Junior Ambassadors of Music, All-State Orchestras and Bands, and the All-New England Wind Ensemble and have attended Michigan State University, SUNY Potsdam, the University of North Texas, the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Connecticut, the Eastman School of Music, Hofstra, and the Ithaca College School of Music. She teaches primarily private and group clarinet lessons and masterclasses, but is equally comfortable in a classroom setting. 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.
As a writer, she has been a contributor to The Instrumentalist, NACWPI Journal, the journal of the International Clarinet Association 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 appearing at conferences including the Texas Clarinet Colloquium, International Clarinet Association Conference, College Music Society International Conference, and 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 in 2018. Her primary teachers include Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano (University of North Texas), Richard MacDowell (the University of Texas, Austin Butler School of Music), and David Seiler (University of New Hampshire). She has also studied with Richard Faria and Elizabeth Gunlogson. She currently resides in Dallas with her husband Kyle and their pooches, Charlie and Penny.