USM professor to sing at Carnegie Hall

Dr. Kimberly Davis (pictured) will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in February.

HATTIESBURG – Dr. Kimberly Davis, a voice professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, will be a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Feb. 19. Davis, an associate professor of voice and voice-related studies at USM, will join other guest soloists for a presentation of award-winning composer/arranger Jacqueline Hariston choral spirituals.

The event is being held in conjunction with Black History Month and President’s Day weekend.

Davis, a lyric soprano, has given many European performances and recitals, and she has performed in Mexico, South America ( Brazil), and Bermuda.

Her most recent concert performance in Mexico was for El Conservatorio de Música del Estado de Puebla with pianist Rosângela Sebba, where she also gave several master classes and coaching sessions.

Davis toured the country of Spain with conductor Jeffrey A. Murdock and the Triumph Chorale giving solo performances in the several major theatres.

In addition to these international performances, Davis’ artistry is known nationally and in the Southern region of the United States.

Davis has several touring programs of specialized music that consist of either French Mélodie, Classical and Romantic art song, and a favorite that is based on her research of African American female composers and arrangers titled, A Spiritual Journey and Contemporary Song, a full concert of spirituals, art songs, and folk arrangements by African American composers.

The lecture recital, The Music of Notable African American 20th Century Female Composers and Arrangers, is frequently performed with one of the notable composers of her research, Jacqueline B. Hairston.

In her tour of Spain, Davis introduced many of the arrangements of spirituals and folk songs written by Hairston.

Davis has sung for the inaugural ceremonies of the former Governor Fob James of Alabama and also for the Honorable Mayor Johnny Dupree of Hattiesburg. She has had the privilege of performing for other major openings and civic events for her home city of Mobile, Alabama, as well as presenting a Russian concert for the Davis was also a featured guest artist famed Russian exhibition, The Palaces of St. Petersburg, on display in Jackson, Mississippi.

Davis is an active member of several musical organizations as well as an active clinician in this region. She is a member of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois, and the African American Art Song Alliance and in 1990 was selected as a fellow of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

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