Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor
Susan Davenport is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music. In the School of Music, Dr. Davenport conducts the Concert Choir and Choral Union, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, choral literature and methods, and administers the choral program. Under her direction, the choirs at SIU have performed at state and regional conventions, and have performed internationally. Recent performances of major works include Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’s German Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Before joining the SIU faculty, she was Coordinator of Choral Activities at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Dr. Davenport made her Carnegie Hall debut with the TWU Concert Choir at the National Women’s Choral Festival in May of 2005. She has conducted All-State choruses and Honor choirs throughout the United States and has conducted premiers of new works in the People’s Republic of China. Prior to her collegiate teaching, Dr. Davenport had a lengthy career in public school music. She holds degrees in music education from Campbellsville University (KY) and Western Kentucky University and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University, where she was a DeVitt Jones Scholar. While at Texas Tech, she was the founding conductor of the Texas Tech Women’s Chorale and served as Assistant Conductor of the Lubbock Chorale. Her doctoral research explored the choral music of Johannes Brahms for women’s choirs. Her current research interests lie in the connections between poetry and choral music, with recent work dealing with choral settings of the poetry of James Joyce and William Butler Yeats. She has published in the Choral Journal, including “The Poet Sings: Choral Settings of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry.” Associated with the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, she has composed music for several original dramatic productions. She is listed in Who’s Who in America and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Illinois chapter of the American Choral Directors Association where servers as Collegiate R&S Chair, the Illinois Music Educators Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary fraternity.