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

School of Music professor Ollie Watts Davis receives lifetime achievement award

Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, Professor of Voice at the University of Illinois School of Music, has had an illustrious journey through the realms of music and education, which recently culminated in her receiving the prestigious 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Region Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). A voice hailed for its remarkable smoothness and rich resonance has graced stages globally, from Carnegie Hall to international venues across continents. Her dedication to historically significant performances has not only entertained but educated, offering audiences a glimpse into the profound depths of musical storytelling.

Beyond her vocal achievements, Dr. Davis’s contributions span academic leadership, mentorship, and advocacy for African American music and culture. With a plethora of accolades acknowledging her impact, including campus awards for excellence in teaching and leadership, Dr. Davis’s role extends beyond performance. She is a beacon of inspiration, using her platform to mentor, educate, and promote a deeper understanding of music’s role in society. This NATS Lifetime Achievement Award is a testament to her enduring influence and commitment to enriching the musical and cultural landscapes.

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