Thomas Woodward Davis

Thomas Woodward Davis grew up in the small mountain town of Andrews, NC, and later moved to Durham, NC, during his junior and senior years of high school to attend the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. It was there that he first played the piano, began to compose, and decided to pursue music as a career instead of mathematics and physics.

A self-taught pianist, Thomas began to take lessons at UNC-CH and studied jazz piano under Stephen Anderson and Ed Paolantonio. Thomas was given the Thelma Thompson Composition Award by UNC-CH during his junior year for his setting of Walt Whitman’s Whispers of Heavenly Death for soprano and piano. He graduated in December 2013.

Thomas’ writing process often employs a stream-of-consciousness style. An avid singer-songwriter, he is currently writing music and lyrics for his premiere art-song album.