Dr. Davis Brooks, Professor of violin
Davis Brooks comes from a diverse musical background as soloist,
pedagogue, orchestral musician, studio musician, concertmaster on
Broadway, conductor, and chamber musician. His teaching experience
has included faculty appointments at Baylor University, Wayne State
University, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and Bucknell
University, as well as 27 years of maintaining a private studio. He
currently is Professor of Violin at Butler University in
Recently appointed associate concertmaster of the Indianapolis
Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Brooks was a long-time member of the Mostly
Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center, and the New York Chamber
Symphony, which produced over 20 critically-acclaimed recordings
during his tenure with them. Dr. Brooks has been concertmaster of
the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the Harrisburg Symphony, and
the Waco Symphony.
At Yale University, where he received a master's degree in
violin performance, Dr. Brooks studied with Broadus Erle and Syoko
Aki. His doctorate, also in violin performance, is from the State
University of New York at Stony Brook. Other important teachers
with whom he has worked include Joyce Robbins, George Neikrug,
Russell Hatz and Raymond Page; he has studied chamber music with
Julius Levine, Josef Gingold, Aldo Parisot, and members of the
Tokyo and Guarneri Quartets.
Chamber music is his first love. He is currently a member of the
Linden String Quartet, in residence at Christ Church Cathedral on
the circle in downtown Indianapolis, as well as the Meridian Piano
Trio. He has also been a member of the Commonwealth and Landolfi
Quartets, as well as the Essex Piano Trio. In addition, Dr.
Brooks's special interests include the performance of music by
contemporary composers, as well as performance on original
instruments, particularly the music of the Baroque period. He is a
founding member of both the Chicago 20th Century Music Ensemble and
the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, a period instrument ensemble in
residence at the University of Indianapolis.
Davis Brooks's personal website
Music at Butler Jukebox includes performances
by Dr. Brooks and other Butler faculty and ensembles.