Duane Davis- 2022 North Dakota All-State Vocal Jazz Director

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During the past 51 years Duane has taught in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand

Rapids Community College (from which he retired), Western Michigan University and

the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He also served as Chorus Master

Opera Grand Rapids for 31 years.


Duane’s recognitions include the Grand Rapids Symphony Legacy Award, Maynard

Klein Award for Choral Excellence presented by the ACDA Michigan, Excellence in

Education (GRCC), Giants Award, Lifetime Achievement Grand Award in theater and

the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award, presented by the Arts Council of Grand



He conducted the opening ceremonies for the Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom

and served as director of The Disney-Grammy All American College Singers for Walt

Disney World. He also served as guest clinician in Riga, Latvia and presenter in

Kyoto, and Tokyo, Japan for the World Symposium on Choral Music.


Duane conducts, composes and arranges for the Grand Rapids Symphony and

Community Chorus in their annual Symphony With Soul concert. He has guest

conducted more than 12 All-State and Honors Choirs and served as Chorus Master

for the Spoletto FestivalUSA productions of Porgy and Bess. Duane recently

conducted the Masterworks Festival Chorus in a performance of the Vivaldi Gloria at

Carnegie Hall.