Elizabeth Skola Davis

Composer, Cellist

Born at Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Ms. Davis grew up moving frequently until her family finally settled in southern Indiana. Initially, she studied voice with her mother, then piano and organ at nine and cello at thirteen after having been piano accompanist for her junior high school string orchestra for two years. She completed her primary and undergraduate studies in Indiana, earning a B.M. in cello performance from the University of Evansville (Indiana).

While pursuing a master’s degree at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA), she shifted majors from performance to music theory, then ultimately to music composition. A student of Dr. Dinos Constantinides, Ms. Davis earned several awards during her time at LSU, including third prize in the 1989 ASCAP Victor Herbert Young Composers competition, Voice with Orchestra category with Oriana’s Lament for soprano and chamber orchestra. Her Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano was one of seven honorable mentions in the 1991 ASCAP Victor Herbert Young Composers competition, Small Ensemble category, and was also featured at the Second Festival of Women Composers at Indiana, Pennsylvania in March, 1991.

Ms. Davis performed professionally for seventeen years with two major metropolitan orchestras, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (Evansville, IN) and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra (Baton Rouge, LA). Other groups she has performed with include the Acadiana Symphony (Lafayette, LA), Austin Civic Orchestra (Austin, TX), Austin Symphony (Austin, TX), Louisiana Sinfonietta (Baton Rouge, LA), Mission Chamber Orchestra (San Jose, CA), Mission City Opera (Santa Clara, CA), Natchez Opera (Natchez, MS), and Southeastern Louisiana University Opera (Hammond, LA), as well as numerous chamber and studio recording ensembles.

Prior to moving to Maryland in March, 2011, Ms. Davis was principal cellist of the Palo Alto Philharmonic in the San Francisco bay area. She currently plays in the Columbia Orchestra and is principal cellist of the Howard County Ballet Orchestra. She is also Program Assistant for the Medical Musical Group, a chorale and symphony orchestra based in Washington DC whose members consist of health care professionals from across the country and Canada. Their mission is to perform Music with a Message – a message of healing, hope, inspiration, national unity, patriotism, and international brotherhood and sisterhood.