Duane Davis- 2020 North Dakota All-State Vocal Jazz Director
During the past 49 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 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, Lativia 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. He will conduct the Michigan All-State as well as the North Dakota
All-State Vocal Jazz Ensembles in 2020.