A spirited personality for whom music is a life-tuning instrument, composer Davis Good is noted for his “lovely and ominous” work (Linda Kernohan, Miss Music Nerd). Davis helped found the new opera project CO-OPERA, a collaboration among Pittsburgh Opera and Carnegie Mellon’s schools of music and drama and departments of video & media design and arts management. At the project’s debut, Davis’ Echo was the first of five operas premiered in a single night in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District. Excerpts from the opera were featured on Pittsburgh classical radio (WQED) as part of a promotion for the premiere.

Davis scored the independent film We Are Rom3, adapted from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, which premiered internationally at the Filming Shakespeare festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. The film was also selected by Trail Dance, Joshua Tree International, and Red Dirt International film festivals.

Davis has worked with singers to create choral works, art songs, a mass for female singers and piano, and two song cycles. In 2013 he wrote a commission for the up-and-coming vocal ensemble Ping which has now become a regular piece on their repertoire. The piece, Berceuse, has been featured on classical radio and was recently performed for Ned Rorem during Ping’s 2015 Summer tour.

Davis works regularly as composer and sound designer for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, with whom he has created productions of As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. His theatre credits also include Much Ado About Nothing with unMasqued Theatre in Los Angeles, The Comedy of Errors with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Sight Unseen with TheatreOCU, Treasure Island with the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Woyzeck with TheatreOCU, and Othello with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. In 2013 his Treasure Island score earned the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for Sound Design Excellence.

As a keyboardist and arranger, Davis has performed and recorded with Pittsburgh bands The Laurels and Summit Station. In 2013, he recorded an EP with experimental jazz ensemble WHEEL headed by Brooklyn-based composer Christian Kriegeskotte who provided music for the project. In Kriegeskotte’s estimation “he was perfect—the project could not have happened without him.” As a solo artist, Davis is producing an electronica EP of original songs inspired by the iconic anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Davis is a poet, writer, anime-watcher, and amateur theologian. He cites Olivier Messiaen, Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre, and George Crumb among his greatest influencers. Davis holds a B.M. in Composition from Oklahoma City University, where he studied with Dr. Edward Knight, and an M.M. in Composition from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Maestro Leonardo Balada.

Photography by Christa Good.

Photography by Christa Good.