Clarinetist Vanessa Davis is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and Clinician and performs with both the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and Mesquite Symphony Orchestra while maintaining an active schedule of solo performances and masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. She maintains a full clarinet studio in the Garland, Rockwall, Anna, and Northwest Independent School Districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. As a writer on pedagogy and music education, 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 is a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and plays Eb clarinet with the Mesquite Symphony. 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 2020 schedule includes giving a masterclasses at Valley City State University, The University of Kansas, and the Texas Clarinet Collective TMEA All-State Masterclass series, being a panelist for the Amicitia Duo Clarinet Extravaganza, holding weekly virtual studio classes, and giving weekly live performances of unaccompanied repertoire throughout the fall semester as well as masterclasses for her collected studio.
Dr. Davis takes pedagogy and teaching very seriously. With her over fifteen years experience as a private instructor, she has amassed a large studio of private students across several districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. 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.
Dr. Davis graduated from the University of North Texas with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance. Her dissertation, "A Concept-Based Pedagogy Approach to Selected Unaccompanied Clarinet Repertoire" won the prestigious Toulouse Dissertation Award in Fine Arts. The document addresses the benefits of concept-based pedagogy in producing students able to truly think and create, rather than simply reproduce. At UNT, she worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Wind Studies Department and taught Woodwind Methods in the Music Education Department and performed in the North Texas Wind Symphony. Prior to that, she taught Clarinet Techniques at the Ithaca College School of Music and Introduction to Music at the University of New Hampshire. Her primary teachers include Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano (University of North Texas), Richard MacDowell (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.
Dr. Davis currently serves as the Secretary of the South Central Chapter of the College Music Society as well as an audio and book reviewer for the International Clarinet Association journal The Clarinet writing occasional columns for The Instrumentalist. She currently resides in Dallas with her husband Kyle and their pooches, Charlie and Penny.