Middle School Honors Orchestra 2018 Information
Middle School Honors Orchestra Conductor
Matthew Davis is Director of Strings at the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland, Florida. In addition to conducting the Harrison Symphony, Mr. Davis also teaches music theory, music composition, and chamber music. Mr. Davis is also a conductor with the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras in Orlando, where he conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra. Mr. Davis holds a Master of Music Education from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Indiana University.
Under his direction, the Harrison Symphony Orchestra was selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2007 and the Festival des Anches in La Croix Valmer, France, in 2010. Mr. Davis was the recipient of a Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship to travel to the Netherlands and study Baroque cello at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2012. He was named Harrison School for the Arts Teacher of the Year in 2011 and was honored with the Marjorie Keller Young Teacher Award by Texas ASTA in 2004. An active All-County clinician, Mr. Davis has conducted middle school and high school honors orchestras in Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers, and Naples, Florida, as well as San Antonio, Texas.
As a cellist, Mr. Davis has studied with Lubomir Georgiev, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga Winold, Nathaniel Rosen, and Richard Aaron and served as the Assistant Principal Cello of the Tallahassee Symphony. Mr. Davis is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the Florida Music Educators Association. He presently serves as President-Elect for the Florida Orchestra Association. Mr. Davis resides in Lakeland with his wife, Sarah, a music educator and violinist, and their son Sebastian.
2018 Middle School Honors Program
Balmages – Forever Joyful
Meyer – Spring Breezes
Handel/Fisher – Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
Holfeldt – Deerpath Tryptich
III. The Hunt
Fenske – Relativity
Hawkins, Johnson & Dash/arr. Caponegro – Tuxedo Junction