Department of Music
Chairperson, Professor Education
B.A., Princeton University, 1975
M.M., Austin Peay State University, 1990
D.M.A., University of Oregon, 1995 Personal Bio
Dennis Davenport is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Music at Otterbein University. He has also served as Music Director for the BFA Musical Theatre program. Recent production work at Otterbein includes La Serva Padrona (Pergolesi), Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), The Gift of the Magi (David Conte) and The Life and Love of Joe Coogan (Paul Salerni) for Otterbein Opera Theatre, The Wild Party and Nine for Otterbein Theatre, and The Fantasticks, Little Shop of Horrors and Something’s Afoot for Otterbein Summer Theatre. For a recent sabbatical, Davenport composed a one-act opera to a libretto by his spouse Sarah Davenport, entitled First Encounters: Isak Dinesen Meets Marilyn Monroe, which was produced by Otterbein Opera Theatre in 2011. For his forthcoming sabbatical during Spring 2015, he will compose the second opera in this set, Berthe Morisot Meets Edouard Manet. Other recent original work includes scores for Brecht’s Galileo at the University of Michigan, and for Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle at Otterbein. At Otterbein, Davenport directs the Otterbein Singers and teaches Musical Theatre History. Davenport’s degrees include an A.B. in Music from Princeton University, a M. Mus. in Choral Conducting from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, and a D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Oregon, where his dissertation composition The Celtic Seasons, an oratorio for soloists, chorus, chamber orchestra and dancers received two performances at the “Music Today” Festival. More recently, Davenport’s scores for the musicals A Homestead Album and Second Sons: A Story of Rugby, Tennessee, received revival productions at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Tennessee. In addition to serving as Otterbein liaison to the Board of the Westerville Symphony, Davenport plays keyboard in the orchestra. Dr. Davenport also serves as organist/pianist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville.