Colin Davis, PhD

C. Davis

Adjunct Instructor, Music Theory

Contact Information
(936) 294-1850
GPAC 220 C


Colin Davis, PhD, is a lecturer in music theory at Sam Houston State University. His research interests include the synthesis of source study and music analysis, Schenkerian analysis, and linear analysis of extended-tonal and post-tonal music, especially involving the works of Allan Pettersson, Jean Sibelius, and Ferruccio Busoni. In his dissertation, he examined the concept of polyphonic harmony in three of Ferruccio Busoni's orchestral elegies. BIS records included his reconstruction of the original version of Sibelius's Lemminkäinen in Tuonela on The Sibelius Edition, Vol. 1-Tone Poems (2007). His article on this topic appears in the book Sibelius in the Old and New World: Aspects of His Music, Its Interpretation, and Reception (Peter Lang, 2010). He has presented his research both domestically, at a Symposium on 20th-century Modernism in Music (2007) and the South Central Society for Music Theory meeting (2015), and internationally, at the Fourth (2005) and Fifth (2010) International Jean Sibelius Conferences. While a student and teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, he served as editor of the Journal of Schenkerian Studies for Volumes 3 through 7. Dr. Davis received a BM in music theory with a piano performance certificate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Stefan Kostka, Douglass Green, and Betty Mallard, and a MM and PhD in music theory with a related field in musicology from the University of North Texas, where he studied primarily with Timothy L. Jackson and Stephen Slottow.