B.S. WEST VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MAGNA CUM LAUDE)
M.A. WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
M.M. AND D.M.A., UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (PHI BETA KAPPA)

  Dr. Ollie Watts Davis
Professor of Music, University Scholar
University of Illinois Black Chorus, conductor

My personal journey to professional artistry has informed my teaching philosophy. As a professor, I seek to be a fair advocate and provide counsel for talented students, whether the student seeks financial aid opportunities, extra one-on-one mentoring, a guided research experience, language training, study abroad, or a summer program, in order to meet their future goals. In addition to teaching the skills necessary to be a complete musician, I transfer the knowledge needed to advance professionally as a musician. I encourage the personal demeanor necessary to be a healthy and supportive colleague in performance and academic contexts, enlivening the attitude that the progress of the group toward their common goals is paramount to personal accolades and achievement. I embody the lifestyle necessary to be a complete musician staying physically healthy, setting priorities, preparing well, and practicing effectively. I emphasize an attitude of enjoying and learning from the process of making music. I believe that the joy of the process will strengthen and motivate the student to continue with the discipline, persistence, and passion necessary to sustain a career in music. This has certainly been true in my case.

- Dr. Ollie Watts Davis

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