Clarinetist Vanessa Davis joined the Wind Studies Area as a Teaching Fellow in the Fall of 2017, after two years of teaching Woodwind Methods in the Music Education Department. In addition to her work in the Wind Studies office, she maintains a thriving private studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Her students have been successful at the district, region, area, and state levels and have attended the Tanglewood Summer Institute, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Interlochen Arts Academy Summer Festivals. 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.
Prior to her studies at the University of North Texas, she taught Clarinet Techniques at the Ithaca College School of Music, and Introduction to Music at the University of New Hampshire. A third year doctoral student majoring in Clarinet Performance, Vanessa is also the Content Editor for the College Music Society Journal, Symposium. She currently studies with Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano. Her former teachers include, Richard MacDowell, Elizabeth Gunlogson, and David Seiler.
Vanessa enjoys performing as a soloist. In July 2017 she performed on a masterclass given by Alexander Fiterstein at the International Clarinet Association Festival in Orlando. In October 2017, she performed a solo at the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors National Convention in Montevallo, Alabama, and in March 2018 will perform a solo recital Lost Gems: Unaccompanied Music for the Clarinet at the Texas A&M Clarinet Colloquium in Commerce, TX featuring the works of Yadzinski, von koch, Jolas, and Husa.
Vanessa currently resides in Denton with her fiancé Kyle McKay, a successful clarinetist, bookkeeper for musicians, and clarinet consultant in the DFW Metroplex, and their dog, Charlie.