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Olivia Davis

Ann Arbor, MI   

Olivia Davis is a DMA candidate in composition at the University of Michigan. She received a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Composition from the University of Oregon. While in Austin, she was a founding member of the prismatx ensemble whose mission is to combine visual arts with new music, collaborating with living artists. As an undergraduate, she was the co-founder of the Ova Novi Ensemble at the University of Oregon, an ensemble that performs works by women and those identifying as women composers. Olivia has had her work featured in numerous festivals, including the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy, and Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium in which she was also principal violist of the American Creators Ensemble. In addition to composition, Olivia is an active performer and accomplished visual artist.

Your Little Boy

“Your Little Boy” for String Quartet (2018) was commissioned by the Nightingale String Quartet of the University of Nevada, Reno. Here, Converge Quartet performs Olivia Davis’ “Your Little Boy” at the University of Michigan McIntosh Theatre, February 4th, 2019.

Converge Quartet members:
Bram Margoles and Malhar Kute, violins
Ryan McDonald, viola
Hanna Rumora, cello

This piece is a personal reflection and reaction to loss, as well as hardships experienced between parents and children, both physical and emotional ones.

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Life as Told in Letters: 1. Little Girl, 2. Harvest; Self Portrait or Memory as Flight; A Lown Night

As a Composer Fellow for the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, I composed a number of art songs that were workshopped and premiered by Matthew Worth, baritone, and Molly Morkoski, piano. This recording is of all four songs premiered at the Dresher Ensemble Studio in Oakland, CA, USA on September, 2019.

Life as Told in Letters
1. Little Girl
2. Harvest

Self Portrait or Memory as Flight

A Lown Night

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