CFA Faculty Biography

Joyce Davis
School of Music
Specialization: Trumpet

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Joyce Davis, Professor of Trumpet, joined the School of Music faculty at the University of Florida in 1989. She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, attended the University of Michigan, holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Florida State University, the Master of Music in Performance from Northwestern University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from The Ohio State University. Her teachers include Vincent Cichowicz, Richard Burkart, Clifford Lillya, and Armando Ghitalla.

As an educator, Davis’ teaching experience includes The Ohio State University, part-time Lecturer of Trumpet at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, the College of Charleston (South Carolina), and Guest Lecturer of Trumpet at the Conservatorie Nacìonal de Mexico, Mexico City. She has presented master classes at numerous institutions throughout the US, at the Moscow Conservatory, Gnesins College of Music, the Saratov Conservatory in Russia, the National Academy of Music in the Ukraine, the Newcastle Conservatorium at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, and the Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney, Australia.

Among her publications include co-editing the Memoirs of Timofei Dokshizer, the legendary Russian trumpet virtuoso. She also wrote the English foreword to Dokshizer’s System for Trumpet Study. Davis and Dr. Edward H. Tarr, the world renowned trumpet scholar, together edited The Trumpeters of Kiev Past and Present. In addition, Davis has contributed various reviews and articles to the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild. She co-produced the International Trumpet Guild’s CD, Russian Treasures of Timofei Dokshizer. Davis was the first, and only, woman to serve as President of International Trumpet Guild, an organization of over 6000 members.  She received the ITG Award of Merit in 2006.

As an orchestral player, Davis was Principal Trumpet of the Cape Town Symphony, la Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, la Orquesta Filharmonica de la UNAM, and a substitute section player with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Charleston (SC), Columbus (OH), and Savannah, symphonies. Her numerous solo performances have been as a recitalist and soloist in the United States, Mexico, South Africa, Russia, Germany, the Ukraine, and Australia.

Her professional associations include the International Trumpet Guild, President (1995-97), and three terms as a member of the ITG Board of Directors; Honorary Member of Sigma Alpha Iota; and Pi Kappa Lambda, Alpha Rho chapter at The Ohio State University. In October 2010, Dr. Davis was named Honorary Professor at the prestigious National Academy of Music of the Ukraine in Kiev. In the fall of 2011, Davis was honored to be included in the upcoming book, Trumpet Greats by David Hickman.  Trumpet Greats will represent outstanding trumpet players, teachers and instrument designers beginning in 1600 to the present.

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