James R. Davidson
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dr. James R. Davidson is the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Drury University, Executive Director of the Springfield-Drury Girls Choir, Artistic Director of the Boys Choir of Springfield, Chorus Master of the Springfield Regional Opera, and Assistant Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. Previous appointments include Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Springfield Chamber Chorus, Korrepetitor of the Neue Eutiner Festspiele in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and Director of Choral Activities at Ozark High School and Hazelwood Central High School in Missouri. His choirs have toured extensively, both domestically and abroad, and frequently collaborate with other choral, symphonic, and non-profit organizations throughout the region. In addition to his conducting duties, Davidson is in demand as a collaborative keyboardist, vocal coach, clinician, and chorister. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Vocal/Choral Emphasis) and Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Missouri State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Kansas School of Music, where he was awarded the Sandra Keller-Daugherty Outstanding Choral Conductor Award. His professional affiliations include the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, ACDA, NAfME, and MMEA.
B.S. in Education, Vocal/Choral Emphasis (2002) Missouri State University
M.M. in Choral Conducting (2011) Missouri State University
D.M.A. in Choral Conducting (2015) The University of Kansas School of Music