Cory Davis will play works by Chopin and Ravel in a recital at noon Tuesday, Oct. 9, at First Lutheran Church, Johnstown.
Davis, who grew up in Somerset, is a free-lance pianist, tenor, conductor, arranger and composer in Washington, D. C. He is music director of Runnymede Singers, a volunteer chorus.
At First Lutheran, Davis will play a restored Steinway grand piano on loan from Laurel Arts, which is co-sponsoring the recital. A light lunch will follow the program. The recital is funded in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.
Davis graduated summa cum laude in music in 2008 from George Washington University, which awarded him the Barry Manilow Endowed Prize in Music for excellent musicianship and versatility.
He has performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Cathedral, the National Portrait Gallery, Lisner Auditorium, Busboys and Poets, and Bethesda’s Imagination Stage. He has served as rehearsal accompanist at the Music Center at Strathmore.
He has worked as an accompanist or music director at Georgetown University, GWU, Norwood School, and St. Alban’s and the National Cathedral School.
His arrangements have been performed by tenor Robert Baker of the Washington National Opera, the GWU women’s choir and the children’s choir of Vienna Presbyterian Church.
He recently composed the score to Welders Theatre Company’s inaugural production, The Pull of Negative Gravity.
At GW, Davis concentrated in piano and voice and was actively involved in numerous university music groups. He was music director and accompanist for many student theater and Theater Department productions, including Working, They’re Playing Our Song and Moby Dick! the Musical. He performed in Hair, the Rocky Horror Picture Show and La Divina.
Davis has worked at Chorus America, the national service organization for choruses.
He studies piano with Paul Leavitt, a laureate of the International Steinway Competition in Paris and a composer.