Dr. Robert W. Davis
Dr. Davis is a music faculty member at Lower Columbia College, where he directs the instrumental music program and conducts the LCC Symphonic band. Rob has conducted orchestras, bands, and choirs at the professional, collegiate, amateur, and public school level. He studied conducting under Larry Livingston and Sharon Lavery at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he created and conducted the Camerata Chamber Orchestra and served as assistant conductor of the Downey Symphony.
A French horn player as well as a conductor, Rob was a prize-winner in five national solo and chamber music competitions and has played in the horn sections of the Utah Symphony, the Utah Chamber Orchestra, and numerous theatrical orchestras including the first-ever regional production of Les Miserables. He performed with The Orchestra at Temple Square for five years and appeared three times on Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, distributed nationally on PBS.
He has performed in concert with a diverse array of musicians, including Frederica von Stade, The King’s Singers, Peter Cetera, Debbie Reynolds, Lucy Lawless, Lone Star, and Jason Castro from American Idol. Orchestral performance tours have taken Rob to Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, England, Scotland, Wales, and many cities in the United States. In addition to live concerts, Rob has played on over 100 recording studio projects. Notable scores include Disaster Movie, episodes of the television shows Marco Polo, The Seeker, and Spartacus, and the Lord of the Rings Online video game.
Before joining the faculty at LCC, Rob taught horn and music theory at his alma mater, Brigham Young University, where he graduated magna cum laude with Bachelor and Master degrees in Music. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern
California, where he was privileged to be one of only three students to complete the DMA in French Horn Performance under Hollywood’s leading studio horn player, James Thatcher. While at USC, Rob was honored to receive the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society’s Outstanding Musical and Academic Achievement Award.
An outdoor enthusiast and long-time admirer of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Rob is thrilled to live in Washington with his wife, a professional violinist, and daughter. He is honored to lead the Southwest Washington Symphony and feels privileged to make music with such a fine ensemble.