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Thomas Davies

Professor, Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies, ConductingThomas Davies

Davidson Music Center Room 218B | 805-756-1548 | tdavies@calpoly.edu | Cal Poly Choirs Web page

Dr. Thomas Davies has taught at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, since 1983.  As director of choral activities and vocal studies, he conducts three choirs (PolyPhonics, The University Singers, Early Music Ensemble), teaches conducting, as well as a course in literature and rehearsal techniques.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Davies received his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Bowling Green State University and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California where his principal conducting teacher was Rodney Eichenberger. He was a member of two conducting workshops led by Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival as well as a member of its Festival Chorus for seven years.

In addition to his work at Cal Poly, Davies is conductor of the Cuesta Master Chorale, a 100-member ensemble that performs major works for chorus and orchestra. He has also conducted several productions for Pacific Repertory Opera, the most recent being “Le Nozze di Figaro” in October 2008. Also in 2008, he was named director of the Oregon Bach Festival Master Class in Choral Orchestral Conducting. He currently serves as the California representative to the National Collegiate Choral Association and is a former president of the Western Division of The American Choral Directors Association.

Davies is married to Susan Azaret Davies (pianist/vocalist). They have two boys, Peter and Andrew, and live in Pismo Beach, Calif.