Dr. Robert W. Davis
Rob Davis has been the conductor and music director of the Southwest Washington Symphony since 2013.
In addition to these duties, he is a music faculty member at Lower Columbia College where he oversees the performing arts department, directs the instrumental music program, teaches music theory, and conducts the LCC Symphonic Band. Rob has conducted orchestras, bands, and choirs at the collegiate, community, and public school level. He studied conducting under Larry Livingston and Sharon Lavery at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
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 played 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. 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.
When not teaching or conducting music, Rob enjoys mountain biking, gardening, and caring for an assortment of chickens, cows and goats with his wife Tamra and two daughters.
Dr. Robert W. Davis