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Mr. Gary Davison

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Organist and Choirmaster

Local Address: Potomac, Maryland, United States
Saint Francis Episcopal Church
 
Background

Employment History

  • Organist and Choirmaster
  • Little Bear Press

Education

  • Boston University's School for the Arts
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Web References
Little Bear Press - Biography & Reviews
www.littlebearpress.com, 26 May 2014 [cached]
Gary Davison is an internationally acclaimed musician of diverse talents. His work as a keyboard artist, composer, and conductor has been described by various critics as "seductive and spirited...smooth, flexible and clear, allowing the music to shine from within" (Hamburger Abendblatt, Germany), "persuasive ...imaginative and polished... sumptuous and engaging" (The Washington Post), as well as "breathtaking and exquisite" (The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians).
Mr. Davison has been a featured artist throughout the United States and Europe, on public radio, and in such notable venues as The National Cathedral and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Saint Thomas Church and Columbia University in New York City, the renowned Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Massachusetts, Harvard University and Church of the Advent in Boston, London's Southwark Cathedral and Hamburg's famed Hauptkirche Sankt Katherinen. Both The American Guild of Organists and The Association of Anglican Musicians have featured him at regional and national conventions.
Currently, Mr. Davison is the Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland. He served as Composer-in-Residence and Keyboard Artist for the Washington area's Cantate Chamber Singers for seven seasons, and has held two fellowships in composition at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Colette photo Mr. Davison is a Dean's Scholar graduate of Boston University's School for the Arts (MusM, MusB magna cum laude), a recipient of the Associate Certificate from the American Guild of Organists (AAGO), and an inductee of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. Along with his wife, Julie, Mr. Davison resides in Maryland with their "Little Bear," Colette.
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"Among the selections . . . Gary Davison's What Child Is This? (was) excellent."
St. Francis - The Episcopal Church in Potomac : Listen Up!
www.stfrancispotomac.org, 4 May 2014 [cached]
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First performed on 17 May 2012 (Ascension Day) by the Choir of Saint Francis Episcopal Church, Potomac, Maryland, conducted by the Organist & Choirmaster, Gary Davison. For reference, Grayston Ives served for almost two decades as Organist, Informator Choristarum, and Fellow and Tutor in Music at Oxford University's Magdalen College. He is a former chorister of Ely Cathedral and of The King's Singers.
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Recently, at an evensong, I was happily listening to the [sung] Responses, eyes closed - they were so lovely and I thought to myself, They must be by Gary Davison - and they were! Your music is incredibly uplifting and moving; and in my opinion, among the very finest and most sublime of church music. Endless thanks to you for providing the world with such beautiful music."
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It's been a long time since a broadcast of Choral Evensong has been featured on 5:4; today's service from Wells Cathedral-part of the New Music Wells Festival-broke the moribund trend of these broadcasts to celebrate English banalities in aspic, & revelled in a collection of new choral music.?It got off to a poor start, however; the American composer Gary Davison's setting of a text by Thomas Ken, "Glory to thee, my God, this night", does little more than execute the most perfunctory & predictable word-painting; it's an utter waste of a really rather lovely text-do we really need yet more composers incessantly churning out this banal brand of generic guff?
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Perhaps a few, such as my dear choristers, will be astonished that Mr Davison is so old!
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Gary Davison, O-C
Gary Davison – Festival Composer in Residence 2011 « The Exon Singers
exonsingers.org.uk, 1 Nov 2010 [cached]
Gary Davison - Festival Composer in Residence 2011
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Gary Davison - Festival Composer in Residence 2011
American composer Gary Davison, has found favour with performers, critics and audiences alike for the idiomatic expression and freshness of voice in his writing. His work has been described by various critics as "persuasive … imaginative and polished … sumptuous and engaging" (The Washington Post), "seductive and spirited … smooth, flexible and clear, allowing the music to shine from within" (Hamburger Abendblatt, Germany), as well as "breathtaking and exquisite … exactly the kind of rewarding challenge singers love best. (The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians).
Mr Davison's primary focus of writing is in the choral medium, which has earned him recognition as one of North America's leading composers of refined liturgical music.
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An area of keen interest for Mr Davison is in setting and promoting the work of significant American poets such as the late, May Sarton; his acclaimed choral song cycle, A Storm of Angels, employs six of her evocative poems. He collaborates frequently with the Washington, DC-based poet, Alfred Chiplin, who has penned numerous texts especially for Mr Davison, including Flowers in the Snow, a non-liturgical Requiem weaving original lyrics with traditional Bible and Prayer Book passages. Presently, Mr Davison is creating a cycle of poems by Emily Dickinson and exploring the unique genre of "cowboy poetry" of the Southwestern United States, from whence he hails.
As the Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, Mr Davison leads a fully graded choral programme with boy and girl choristers, as well as adult women and men. Twice he has been awarded fellowships in composition at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He served for two seasons as the inaugural Composer-in-Residence for Cantate Chamber Singers in Washington, for which he also performed as Keyboard Artist for seven seasons. He is a Dean's Scholar graduate of Boston University (MusM and MusB, magna cum laude), a recipient of the Associate Certificate from the American Guild of Organists, and an inductee of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. Cathedral Music Press, Augsburg Fortress Publishing, Paraclete Press, and CMS/Oxford University Press all have published compositions by Mr Davison. Additionally, he now issues his own work through Little Bear Press.
St. Francis - The Episcopal Church in Potomac : Choirs and Music
stfrancispotomac.org, 2 May 2006 [cached]
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