John Davis

John Davis

Professor of Music (flute)

Department: Fine Arts
Phone: (706) 290-2176
Campus Box: 309
Location: Ford 216

Short Bio

Flutist, saxophonist, conductor and arranger Dr. John E. Davis is Professor of Music at Berry College in Rome Georgia, where he has been a member of the music faculty since 1995. He currently teaches courses in music history, music appreciation, conducting and chamber music in addition to flute and saxophone studio instruction.

Dr. Davis earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at San Francisco State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in flute performance and conducting from the University of Arizona. His principal flute teachers have included Yaada Weber (Oakland Symphony), Paul Renzi (long-time  principal flutist of the San Francisco Symphony) and Jean-Louis Kashy, (principal flutist, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and former student of the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra flutist William Kincaid). Additionally, Dr. Davis has performed in master classes with the renowned jazz flutist Hubert Laws and London Symphony principal flutist Peter Lloyd.

Dr. Davis has been a member of the Rome Symphony Orchestra since 1997, where he serves as co-principal flutist with his wife Susan Davis. He is also an active recitalist and performer of chamber music, performing frequently with pianist and Berry College colleague Dr. Kris Carlisle (with whom he has made two recordings: Contemporary Collaborations I/II) and with the Blue Mountain Chamber Players. Notable past affiliations include membership in the Redwood Symphony Orchestra, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, the Golden Gate Park Band, and the Chamber Players of the South. Dr. Davis also   serves as a flute adjudicator for the Georgia Music Teachers Association.

 As a saxophonist, Dr. Davis enjoyed long tenures as a member of the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet and the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra, actively performing, touring, recording (two albums with each group) and making live radio and television; appearances. Freelance work has included performances with Leslie Uggams, The Lettermen, Sid Caesar, Linda Ronstadt, the Nati Cano Orchestra, Phil Woods, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and others. With pianist Dr. Patrice Ewoldt, Dr. Davis performed frequently as a classical saxophone recitalist, also making one recording. Dr. Davis’ saxophone teachers ; included Donald Carroll (San Francisco Symphony) and James Matheson (San Francisco Opera Orchestra) and jazz saxophonist Bennett Friedman. Dr. Davis is lead alto saxophonist in the Clock Tower Jazz Ensemble, based in Rome, GA.

In addition to graduate studies in conducting and a teaching assistantship as the assistant conductor of the San Francisco State University Symphonic Band, as a postdoctoral student, Dr. Davis was named a Conducting Fellow of the Conductors Institute of South Carolina, where he was privileged to study with maestros Donald Portnoy, Samuel Jones, Libby Larsen and Paul Vermel. Dr. Davis served as musical director and conductor of the Berry College Symphonic Band for thirteen years and was the founding conductor of the Oak Hill Chamber Orchestra (now the Berry College Symphony Orchestra). Dr. Davis also served for five years as guest conductor of the Rome Symphony Orchestra’s summer “pops” concerts. As an arranger, Dr. Davis has a catalog of over thirty works for flute choir and saxophone ensemble, published by C. F. Peters, Falls House Press, and others. These works have been recorded and performed at venues worldwide (including Carnegie Hall and at Beethovenfest in Bonn, Germany) and several were also award winners in the National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition. Dr. Davis is a ten-time recipient of the A.S.C.A.P. Standard Award.

Teaching Interests

  • B.M., M.M. San Francisco State University
  • D.M.A. University of Arizona