Born to a musical family, Tish Davenport was raised in the United Methodist Church where her mother and father serve together as Organist/Accompanist and Director of Music, respectively. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Theory with a specialization in Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas, where she obtained her MM in Music Theory as well. She was awarded a teaching fellowship at UNT and has taught aural skills/musicianship classes for the past four years. Her undergraduate degree was from Loyola University in New Orleans where she studied flute performance with Richard Harrison on a music scholarship.
Tish was the principal flautist in her High School band, played in the pit orchestra for school musicals, and also performed with the Arkansas Youth Symphony where she was featured on pieces such as Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. She was also selected by audition to study flute at Tanglewood (part of the Boston Symphony Summer Series). While studying at Loyola she served as principal flautist of the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Loyola’s Symphony Orchestra. In her junior year, she performed Khachaturian’s Flute Concerto (originally written for violin) with orchestra as a winner in the Concerto Competition.
Following graduation, Tish joined the United States Marine Corps and spent 2 years in the Quantico Marine Band followed by two years in the Marine Forces Pacific Band in Kaneohe Bay, HI as a flautist and pianist for a variety of different ensembles (marching and concert bands, jazz combo, big band, and even dance, rock, and country bands).
Having studied voice briefly with Barbara Hill-Moore (SMU) and, more extensively, with Kathleen Terbeek (TCU), Tish currently sings with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, of which she has been a member since 2006. Her professional affiliations include organizations such as the Church Music Institute, Choristers Guild, The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, Society of Music Theory, GaMuT (Graduate Association of Musicologist and Theorists, UNT), and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.