Dr. Melissa Davis
DMA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 2013
MMus, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 2009
BFA, York University, Toronto, 2004
Areas of Specialization: Worship leadership, Choral conducting, Vocal Performance and Literature, Applied Vocal music, Vocal Pedagogy.
Dr. Davis has served as a Worship Leader for over fifteen years, and a minister of music for over twenty-five years in the GTA and abroad. She has taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Arkansas as an Instructor of Voice teaching Applied Vocal music, Music theory, Vocal Pedagogy and Music History and Appreciation. Well-versed in the subject of hybridization in music, her scholarly works include a published thesis on “Jamaican Composers in the Classical Tradition”, and she is currently working as a co-author of a textbook on Art music of the Caribbean. As Director of Worship and the Arts at Bayview Glen Church, Thornhill, she serves as worship leader, director of bands, and choral conductor, crafting weekly worship services that serve the church’s 820-member multi-ethnic, multi-generational congregation. As a concert soloist and professional chorister, she has toured internationally singing in France, the United States, and throughout Canada and has played lead and principal roles in various opera productions, guest soloing with several choirs and orchestras throughout North America, performing a program of Spirituals with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2014-15. As a choral conductor, she has conducted many choirs and ensembles, notably a 100-member choir for CBC Radio One’s live Easter Sunrise broadcast. She has enjoyed frequent invitations to give vocal workshops and clinics for churches and schools in the GTA and abroad.