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2024 Top 20 Impact Makers Honorees

Andrew Davis
2024 Top 20 Inspiring Man Impact Maker Award

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Awards Presentation

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Four Seasons Hotel Houston

Andrew Davis is a music scholar and educator dedicated to providing students with the highest standards of music education possible.

Andrew Davis is the founding dean of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts. He has been on the faculty of the Moores School of Music since 2003. Previously, Dean Davis was director of the Moores School of Music, director of graduate studies in the Moores School of Music, and an associate dean in the Honors College at the University of Houston. Dean Davis holds a faculty appointment in the Moores School of Music as a music theorist and an appointment on the faculty of the Honors College.

As a researcher, Dean Davis studies music of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He is the author of the 2010 book, Il Trittico, Turandot, and Puccini’s Late Style (Indiana University Press). In it, he delves into Puccini’s final two works to better understand  the manner in which the composer created meaning by juxtaposing that which is conventional with that which is unfamiliar. Dean Davis is also the author of the forthcoming book, Fragments: Romanticism and Musical Narrative in the Piano Sonatas of Brahms, Chopin, and Schumann. It focuses on rhetoric and narrative in the 19th-century sonata repertoire. Dean Davis has also published, and delivered, presentations nationally and internationally on the works of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Puccini, Strauss, and Gershwin.

At the University of Houston, Dean Davis was cochair (with Honors College Dean William Monroe) of the university-wide committee charged with bringing a chapter of the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa to the University of Houston. He was named a Fellow of the Honors College in 2010, and he earned a 2010 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award. He has twice been nominated for the Ross M. Lence Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.

In the profession, and in the community at large, Dean Davis serves as the treasurer for the Texas Society for Music Theory and as president of the Houston chapter of the national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. He is an active member of the National Association of Schools of Music, including that organization’s team of members that recommend accreditation actions for schools of music nationwide. Dean Davis is also secretary of the board of directors of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston, and he serves on the board of directors of the Immanuel and Helen B. Olshan Foundation in Houston.

Dean Davis holds a Ph.D. in music theory from Indiana University, an MM in music theory from the University of Massachusetts, and a BA in music (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with a certificate in saxophone performance and a minor and honors in Geography) from Pennsylvania State University.

It is for all the reasons mentioned above, and many more, that Andrew Davis has been named a Top 20 Inspiring Man Impact Maker for 2024. 

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