DAVID HORACE DAVIES
An internationally performed composer, David Horace Davies received a D.M.A. in composition in 2007 from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he studied with Dennis Kam, John Van der Slice and Robert Gower. Prior to his time at UM, he studied composition and conducting with Mark Hijleh and piano with Robert Galloway at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College. A finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Davies’ works have received awards from the College Music Society and the International Arts Movement. He has also received numerous commissions from organizations and churches across the eastern United States. He is a four-time Semi-Finalist for the American Prize for Choral Composition (2014-Cantate Domino, 2016 - Ubi Caritas [Honrable Mention], 2017 - Hodie,
2017 Ubi Caritas (SATB).
Davies' music has been performed across the United States and internationally in prestigious venues such as the New York City's renowned Carnegie Hall and the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union. International performance venues include the Culturo Jorge Borges in Buenos Aires and the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico in San Juan. As a composer, he has a particular interest in the manipulation of tonal expectations, which he pursues primarily through the “incorrect” use of familiar tonal collections. With a background in performance and extensive experience as a conductor, he strives to create engaging musical experiences that can be shared by the performers and audiences alike, and the Coral Gables Gazette has described his music as “expressive.”
Davies joined the faculty of Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2014, where he serves as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Head of Theory Studies. Prior to coming to TAMUC he was a member of the faculty at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College, where he founded and directed the New Song Composer Residency. Davies has also served on the music faculty of Augustana College in Illinois.
In addition to his work as an educator, Davies is an active organist and conductor, having served in this capacity at Key Biscayne Presbyterian (PCA) Church in Miami, FL and Good Shepherd Presbyterian(USA) Church in Rock Island, IL, and as Assistant Musical Director of the University of Miami’s contemporary music group, the Other Music Ensemble. Currently, he and his wife serve as the Directors of Worship Arts at Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Plano. For several years, he has been an active member of the Society of Composers, Inc., the College Music Society, and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) and in 2016 he was appointed as President of the Board for the CFAMC.
David lives with his wife, four children, and an orange cat in Rowlett, TX.