BIO

Kyle Davis is from Midland, TX and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.  He currently serves as the Orchestra Director at Summer Creek High School in Humble ISD.  Prior to his appointment in Humble, Mr. Davis for worked for the Amarillo ISD and Ector County ISD.  Students in Mr. Davis’ orchestras have been successful at All-region auditions, solo and ensemble contests and earned multiple “Sweepstakes” at UIL Concert and Sightreading contests. Mr. Davis has also served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout West Texas.

Mr. Davis studied music at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX receiving a Bachelor of Music (All-Level Certification) and has completed some graduate level work there.  His teachers include Emmanuel Lopez, cellist of the Harrington String Quartet and Dr. Mark Bartley, Associate Director of the School of Music and Associate Conductor of the Amarillo Symphony.  While in school, Mr. Davis earned many awards and opportunities as a young conductor and music education researcher.  As an undergraduate, he organized and conducted several chamber music recitals.  This led to invitations to guest conduct the WTAMU Symphony as well as cover conduct on numerous occasions for the ensemble.  In 2008, Mr. Davis was one of five conducting students selected in a national search to participate in the College Orchestra Directors Association masterclass with Thomas Cockrell of the University of Arizona and Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops.   In 2009, he was given acceptance into the McNair Scholar program where he completed graduate level research on UIL programming.  The resulting research has won awards and been presented at the TMEA and TODA Clinic and Convention.

 Upon graduating Mr. Davis joined the faculty at Amarillo College as the Director of Orchestral Activities and the Amarillo Opera as an assistant conductor.  While at AC, Mr. Davis grew the membership of the orchestra and developed it into a fully symphonic ensemble. In 2011, he made his professional opera conducting debut with the Amarillo Opera’s Production of Joshua’s Boots, an opera by Adolphus Hailstork.  

Mr. Davis is married to Heather Davis, a head middle school orchestra director in Humble ISD. They have a precocious cat named Farlee and sweet Schnauzer named Henry.

BIO

Evan Farmer was born in Houston, Texas near the Spring area, and graduated from THE "KHS", Klein High School, in 2003. He would go on to the University of Houston and graduate in 2009 with a degree in music on the double bass. 

After graduation, he accepted the Assistant Director position at Riverwood Middle School. He would learn from one of the best teachers in Mrs. Shirley Astwood during the three years that they worked together. Following her retirement, Mr. Farmer was promoted to Head Director and would serve in that capacity for 6 years. In 2018, Mr. Farmer made the very difficult decision to leave Riverwood, where he and his wife met (and where she still works as the Theatre Director), and accept the position of Assistant Director at Summer Creek High School. He is very grateful for the opportunity to work along side Mr. Davis! 

His biggest interests outside of music are his relationship with Christ, Sports, my wife of 4 years (I LOVE YOU) - Mrs. Amanda Farmer, and our daughters Riley and Shelby! He has played baseball since he was 4, and currently plays on a tournament softball team. He also played football all four years in high school and played on on a flag football team until he got married. While at UH, he played on the ultimate frisbee team and became the captain his junior year. "If ESPN covers it, I'll learn to play it". His favorite teams are The University of Houston Cougars, Astros, Rockets, Texans, Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Kansas Jayhawks (but only for Basketball). 

Growing up in Klein was a privilege as an orchestra member. Klein won two Honor Orchestra Awards (which is like the state championship for football) He started teaching when he was 16. After school, he would go to local elementary schools and help the orchestra directors teach 5th graders to play stringed instruments. That is when he began to love teaching.

Between all the sports, he majored in music education. His  bass teacher was Dennis Whittaker, who is the principal bassist of the Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Farmer also played with Cougar Brass for 4 years as the electric bass player. He had so much fun with the band kids that he also marched in the marching band at UH for 2 years as a TUBAD! While at UH, He had the opportunity to tour with the UH Wind Ensemble under Tom Bennet, and was later featured as a soloist with the University Chorus under Dr. Betsy Webber.

He has been teaching bass lessons for 14 years; teaching all over Houston in Cy-Fair, Deer Park, Katy, and Humble with several kids making Region for each district. Buddy Woodruff and Vonda Carathers gave him his first job as a private teacher and mentored him as he was getting ready to graduate. His last semester of college was spent student teaching at Lowery Elementary with Glen Renfro and at Cy-Fair High School with Cynthia Robicheaux.

Mr. Farmer thanks all of his former teachers for helping him achieve his dreams!

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