Jenny Davis is a flutist based in Memphis, TN and Columbia, SC where she is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina. She is the Artistic Director of Memphis-based Blueshift Ensemble, one half of experimental duo If...Else, and frequently performs with groups such as the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, and Luna Nova Ensemble. At USC, she is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the flute studio. She serves on the Board of Directors of Sonosphere Inc., the Mid-South Flute Society, and the Carolina Flute Guild. In addition to her work as a flutist, Jenny is a performance coordinator at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tennessee and co-organizer of the Continuum Music Festival.
Jenny has been selected as a finalist in competitions such as the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition (1st place), Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition (3rd place), South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the Byron Hester Solo Flute Competition, and semifinalist in the Texas Flute Society's Myrna Brown Competition.
Jenny is involved with regional and national flute associations and has performed at NFA Conventions in Washington D.C., Minneapolis, and Orlando. She has also presented workshops at festivals, including a workshop on starting a successful private studio at the 2016 Mid-South Flute Studio.
In past summers, Jenny has been invited to perform at the National Music Festival and the contemporary chamber music festivals New Music on the Point in Vermont, the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, and Luna Nova’s Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis. Jenny is an enthusiastic advocate of new music and enjoys collaborating with composers on new works for flute and other chamber ensembles.
While in Boston, Jenny studied the art of teaching as the Boston Flute Academy's Teaching Assistant. She was mentored by flutist Judy Grant as she worked with students of all ages and levels, teaching masterclasses, conducting ensembles, and presenting workshops on a wide variety of topics. Jenny also served as Graduate Teaching Assistant at BU directing the Boston University Flute Ensemble.
Jenny holds degrees from Middle Tennessee State University (B.M.), Boston University (M.M.) and additional flute study at The Studio with Trevor Wye in England. Her primary teachers include Jennifer Parker-Harley, Linda Toote, Deanna Little and Trevor Wye. She has also performed in numerous masterclasses for flutists including William Bennett, Bonita Boyd, Brad Garner, Carol Wincenc, Lorna McGhee, Denis Bouriakov, Marianne Gedigian, and Jim Walker.
When Jenny is not playing the flute, she enjoys studying the Alexander Technique, riding her bike, baking, and traveling.