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Joshua Davis, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Phone: 570-372-4286
Email: davisj@susqu.edu
Office Location: Cunningham Cma - Rm 214

Academic Credentials:
DMA, Univ of Maryland College Park
BA, Univ of New Hampshire Durham
MM, New England Conserv Music

Davis joined the faculty at Susquehanna University as the new director of jazz studies in 2006. He was a full-time faculty member and the director of jazz studies at Towson University between 2002 and 2006. Before Towson, he was an awarded leader of curriculum development at Berklee College of Music where, as one of the youngest faculty members, he taught for six years. Davis spent two years as a member of the faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta and has taught numerous performance skills clinics at Berklee, Koyo Conservatory (Kobe, Japan), the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (Alaska), and various schools of all grades throughout the United States. Recent MENC-affiliate work includes Maryland All-State Solo/Chamber adjudication, District Jazz Ensemble (Tunkhannock, Pa.) direction, and conference presentations about improvisation and other jazz performance skills at MMEA (Md.), PMEA (Pa.), Maryland All-State Jazz, and VMEA (Vt.). Davis currently directs the Susquehanna University Big Band and Combos, and teaches Jazz History, Improvisation, World Music Perspectives, Music Theory, Ear Training, Double Bass and Composition.

Among the many groups and musicians with whom Davis has performed on numerous occasions are: Vardan Ovsepian, Tim Miller, Ben Monder, Peter Erskine, Mark Ferber, Jordan Perlson, Sean Rickman, Marcello Pellitteri, Dan Weiss, Ted Poor, Ari Hoenig, Ole Mathisen, Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Taylor Haskins, Dave Ballou, Greg Hopkins, Randy Brecker, Timucin Sahin, JD Walter, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Pops), the Artie Shaw Band, and The Ritz.

Recording Artist
Known Garden, a recently released CD (joshuadavis.org) and digital download (itunes) recording, features Davis’ compositions and band. His first feature recording as an arranger and leader, Squashua, showcases Take Toriyama, Tim Miller, and Vardan Ovsepian interpreting Romantic-era symphonies and the music of Sting. Recent recorded releases include Tim Miller’s Trio II and Vardan Ovsepian’s Aragast, on Fresh Sound Records. A comprehensive list of recordings is available at joshuadavis.org.


  • MUSC-007 String Lesson
  • MUSC-008 String Lesson
  • MUSC-023 Composition Lesson
  • MUSC-024 Composition Lesson
  • MUSC-078 Jazz Ensemble
  • MUSC-079 Improvisation
  • MUSC-102 A Study of Jazz
  • MUSC-152 Survey of World Music
  • MUSC-152 World Music Perspectives
  • MUSC-263 Ear Training III
  • OFFP-CHINART The Chinese Scholar
  • OFFR-CHINART The Chinese Scholar
  • OFFS-CHINART The Chinese Scholar


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