• Davidson's Jazz Ensemble rehearses with 21-year old alto saxophone phenom Grace Kelly before her concert in Duke Family Performance Hall.

  • Ashley Alexander-Lee '17 joins in for the Annual Sing with the Jazz Ensemble during a Live Thursday event.

  • Davidson College's Chorale performing one of their many events in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church.

  • Annual Sing with the Jazz Ensemble during a Live Thursday event with singer Zoe Williams '14.



Each season, the Davidson College Music Department presents more than 50 events in support of the academic curriculum and arts culture on campus. Performances include those by world-renown artists as part of the Davidson College Concert Series, as well as numerous performances from our faculty-led student ensembles such as the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Choral Arts Society and Chorale. In addition, we sponsor solo and collaborative recitals by faculty and students and host guest artists to work with student musicians in workshops, masterclasses and residencies with our various departmental ensembles.

Past Events (2013-14)

Jamie Laval, Celtic violinist

Jamie Laval

February 2, 2014  •  3 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Internationally acclaimed Celtic violinist Jamie Laval will return to Davidson's campus for another vibrant Concert Series performance. Laval will be joined by other Celtic musicians to present an energetic program of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Québec.

Bill and Cynthia Lawing, posing together

Trumpet Recital: Bill Lawing

February 11, 2014  •  7:30 p.m.

J. Estes Millner Professor of Music and trumpet instructor Bill Lawing will present a program of canonical works from classical trumpet repertoire. Artist Associate in Piano Cynthia Lawing to accompany.

DC Symphony Orchestra standing, smiling at camera

A Night of Movie Romance

February 20, 2014  •  7:30 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall

The orchestra presents its first-ever movie music concert, featuring radiant works from great love stories such as Gone With the Wind, Titanic, Pride & Prejudice, and much more.

William Fried, head shot

Contemporary Piano Recital: Will Fried

March 13, 2014  •  7:30 p.m.

Davidson's new artist associate in piano Will Fried will present an innovative program of contemporary works inspired by Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, including Veränderungen by French electronic music pioneer Philippe Manoury and The People United Will Never Be Defeated! by American pianist-composer and activist Frederick Rzewski.

Chorale singing photo

Spring Chorale Concert

March 21, 2014  •  8 p.m.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church

Join the Davidson College Chorale and student soloists as they present one of the world's most beloved Requiems. A timeless work of art, the opus by Gabriel Fauré is the composer's thoughtful and peaceful observation on the human feelings of faith and eternal rest. Other well known works by Bach, Mathias, Halloran, and Rutter will be performed to serve as counterpoint to Fauré's classic.

Andrea Mumm, harpist

Andrea Mumm, harp

March 23, 2014  •  3 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Andrea Mumm, principal harpist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, will present a mixed recital of solo works for harp and chamber music, including Lou Harrison's Suite for Cello and Harp, featuring cellist Alan Black, and Saint-Saens's Fantasie for Violin and Harp, featuring violinist Rosemary Furniss.

Grace Kelly with saxophone, smiling

Grace Kelly, Saxophone

April 4, 2014  •  8 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall

20-year old Grace Kelly began playing piano at six, clarinet at nine and saxophone soon thereafter. Her young yet established career has already had her recording with the likes of Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Harry Connick, Jr., Jamie Cullum, Frank Morgan, Toots Thielemans, Dianne Reeves and Ann Hampton Callaway, among many others. Be sure to catch this rising star.

Steven Mayer, pianist

Steven Mayer, piano

April 5, 2014  •  8 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

"Piano playing at its most awesome" (The New York Times), pianist Steven Mayer plays a unique repertoire of icons such as Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Mozart, and Liszt. This program will feature works from Schubert, Thalberg, Weber, Liszt, and Tatum. Mayer will be appearing thanks to the generosity of the Adams Foundation Piano Series.

Do You Hear the People Sing? girl with roses headband graphic

"Do You Hear the People Sing?"®

April 14, 2014  •  7:30 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall

The Choral Arts Society joined with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Opera Workshop in an evening spectacular of opera and musical theatre, featuring famous choruses and scenes from Les Misérables, The Magic Flute, Gilbert & Sullivan and more!

Jazz Combo (quartet) playing

Jazz Combo & Sax Quartet

April 29, 2014  •  7:30 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Under the direction of Patrick Brown, the Davidson College Saxophone Quartet and Jazz Combo will perform to close out the spring semester with a night of saxophone chamber music and a tribute to Latin and Afro-Cuban music by the Jazz Combo.

five student conductors

A Night of New Maestros

May 1, 2014  •  7:30 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall

Student conductors lead the orchestra in a selection of charming, festive music.

2 male music students playing trumpets

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée

Friday, May 16  •  3:30 p.m.
Mariam Cannon Hayes Outdoor Ampitheatre

Come relax and enjoy as this Davidson College Jazz Ensemble performance features the seniors as soloists

close-up photo of girl singing

Farewell to Seniors Chorale Concert

Saturday, May 17, 2014  •  7:15 p.m.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church

Come join the Davidson College Chorale as they sing farewell to the Class of 2014. Senior members of the group will be honored, as well as all members of the graduating class.