Immanuel Davis

Photo of Immanuel Davis

Contact Me

100 Ferguson Hall

2106 S 4th St

Associate Professor: Flute

Flutist Immanuel Davis is a highly versatile performer and innovative teacher. He has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall, MoMa's Summer Garden Series, Noonday Concerts at Trinity Church, and the Meet the Virtuoso series at the 92nd St Y. As a member of the New York Flute and Harp Project, he has performed with harpist Park Stickney at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on board the Queen Elizabeth 2. Orchestral work has included performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic. Davis has also played on Broadway in Show Boat and Ragtime, among others, and has performed with the contemporary music ensembles Music Mobile and 20th Century and Beyond. Immanuel released his first CD, “Prevailing Winds“ in December of 2003.

Increasingly in demand as a teacher, he has been invited to teach classes at Yale University, Grinnell College, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and Seattle Pacific University. For several years he taught with Keith Underwood in master classes at Hidden Valley in California, and will soon be making his fifth trip to Mexico, where he serves as woodwind clinician for the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra. This August Immanuel will play and teach a master class at the 2004 summer National Flute Convention to be held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Educated at the Juilliard School, Davis received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a student of Julius Baker. Other studies have been with Keith Underwood, Ransom Wilson, Sandra Miller, and with Philip Dunigan at the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2001 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant under the auspices of the Netherlands-America Foundation for study of the baroque flute.

Immanuel Davis plays on Louis Lot flute #888 made in Paris in 1866. Louis Lot is known as the Stradivarius of flute makers. This flute, one of his earliest, is probably the oldest “modern“ flute being played on the concert circuit today.

Immanuel Davis has been the flute professor at the University of Minnesota since 2001.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • contemporary 20th-century flute and chamber repertoire
  • classical
  • flute
  • specialized breathing techniques in flute performance
Courses Taught
  • MUS 2309A - Flute-Performance Major
  • MUSA 1309 - Flute-Major
  • MUSA 1909 - Flute-Transfer
  • MUSA 3309 - Flute-Major
  • MUSA 5409 - Flute-Secondary
  • MUS 8509 - Flute Beyond Requirement
  • MUS 5470 - Woodwind Ensemble
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Flute, University of Minnesota:
  • Faculty Member, Marymount School:
  • Guest Lecturer and Instructor, Lincoln Center Institute:
  • Universtiy of Manitoba: Master Class , May 2004
  • MacPhail Center for Music: Master Class , March 2004
  • Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra: Woodwind Clinician , January 2004


  • "Prevailing Winds": Recording of 20th Century works for flute and piano


  • Faculty Member, Chamber Music, 92nd Street Y:


  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Substitute piccolo: 2002
  • 20th Century Music and On...Contemporary Music Series in NYC, Featured soloist and chamber player: 2002
  • Seattle Pacific University, duo flute recital: 2002
  • Master class in flute repertoire and technique, Seattle Pacific University: 2002
  • Makor Jewish Cultural Center in NYC, Recital on the "Classical Cafe" series: 2002
  • Master class and recital at the North Carolina School of the Arts: 2002
  • Week-long seminar in woodwind techniques, coordinating group breathing, and ensemble techniques conducted at the Orchestra of Guananjuato, Mexico: 2002
  • CD recording with faculty woodwind quintet; arrangement for quintet of Noel Scott Stevens; released on Jeanne record label: 2002
  • Marrow Stone Music Festival: 2002
  • 100th anniversary celebration of the University of Minnesota's School of Music performance: 2002
  • Syrinx Flute Festival: Recital and Master Class, May 12, 2004 - May 15, 2004
  • Steinway Hall Recital: Flute and Piano Recital, September 2004
  • National Flute Association's Convention: Performance and Master Class, August 12, 2004 - August 15, 2004
  • Fulbright Grant, Netherlands America Foundation for the study of baroque flute and performance practice, 2001