Kimberley M. Davis
Associate Professor of Voice
Kimberley Davis, a lyric soprano, has given many European performances and recitals including L’Ecole Nationale de Musique de Meudon in France, L’Eglise Américaine à Paris, and L’Église Evangelique, with pianists Mary Dibbern and John Skippen. She has performed in Mexico, South America ( Brazil), and Bermuda. Her most recent concert performance in Mexico was for El Conservatorio de Música del Estado de Puebla with pianist Rosângela Sebba, where she also gave several master classes and coaching sessions. Davis toured the country of Spain with conductor Jeffrey A. Murdock and the Triumph Chorale giving solo performances in the major theatres of Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Reus, Coruña, Oviedo, Valencia, and Soria. In addition to these international performances, Davis’ artistry is known nationally and in the Southern region of the United States. Among Davis’ orchestral solo performances are Poulenc’s Gloria and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. Her operatic roles include the “Countess” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and “the First Lady” Die Zauberflöte, also by Mozart. Other stage appearances include Puccini’s Suor Angelica and the role of “Lutibelle” in Ossie Davis’ musical, Purlie Victorious. Among Davis’ chamber performances are Hector Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5, Su le sponde del Tebro by Alessandro Scarlatti, J. S. Bach’s Cantata 202 (Wedding Cantata), and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, KV 165. The most recent addition to her chamber/orchestral repertoire is André Previn’s Honey and Rue, a setting of the cycle of poems by Tony Morrison.
Davis has several touring programs of specialized music that consist of either French Mélodie, Classical and Romantic art song, and a favorite that is based on her research of African American female composers and arrangers titled, A Spiritual Journey and Contemporary Song, a full concert of spirituals, art songs, and folk arrangements by African American composers. The lecture recital, The Music of Notable African American 20 th Century Female Composers and Arrangers, is frequently performed with one of the notable composers of her research, Jacqueline B. Hairston. In her tour of Spain, Davis introduced many of the arrangements of spirituals and folk songs written by Hairston. She has sung for the inaugural ceremonies of the former Governor Fob James of Alabama and also for the Honorable Mayor Johnny Dupree of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She has had the privilege of performing for other major openings and civic events for her home city of Mobile, Alabama, as well as presenting a Russian concert for the Davis was also a featured guest artist famed Russian exhibition, The Palaces of St. Petersburg, on display in Jackson, Mississippi.
Dr. Kimberley Davis is an Associate Professor of Music, teaching voice and voice related studies. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Music Teachers National Association and is on the Executive Board of the State Chapter of the MTNA, the Mississippi Music Teachers Association (MMTA) and was formerly the Voice Area Chairperson for the organization. In addition to being an active adjudicator, Dr. Davis is an active clinician in this region, nationally, and internationally and also gives mini-concerts for children. She is a member of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois, and the African American Art Song Alliance.
In 1990, Ms. Davis was selected as a fellow of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She has studied with Dr. Vivian Wood at The University of Southern Mississippi, Vera Rosza (teacher of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa) in London, and has coached with pianist/author Mary Dibbern and baritone Laurence Albert in Paris, France; tenor Christor Solen of Stockholm, Sweden; and the late baritone William Warfield. She has performed in concert with Austrian baritone Benno Scholum, and collaborated with baritones Robert Sims, Kenneth Overton, and Gregory Rahming.