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Vanessa DavisVanessa Davis, DMA, is an active clarinetist, teacher, and writer. She regularly performs with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Toccare Winds, and Mesquite Symphony Orchestra while also freelancing in and around Texas, USA. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center, and Symphony Hall in Boston. Prior to current appointments, she performed with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Boston Civic Symphony, Cambridge Symphony, Mercury Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Boston as well as other groups around the Boston, Finger Lakes, and Dallas Fort-Worth areas. An avid proponent of new music, Davis has commissioned and performed numerous works for clarinet. She is a Buffet Crampon USA Performing Artist.

Committed to teaching, Davis offers masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. She currently serves on the faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University, Lubbock Christian University, and Laredo College, and also maintains a full clarinet studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. As a writer, she has contributed to The InstrumentalistNACWPI Journal, the journal of the International Clarinet Association The Clarinet, and the College Music Symposium.

Davis graduated from the University of North Texas with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Her dissertation, “A Concept-Based Pedagogy Approach to Selected Unaccompanied Clarinet Repertoire” won the prestigious Toulouse Dissertation Award in Fine Arts. Her primary teachers include 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 undertook additional studies with Richard Faria and Elizabeth Gunlogson.