Kim Davenport joined the Puget Sound faculty in 2017, teaching aural skills. She holds a Master of Music in piano performance from Northwestern University, and undergraduate degrees in music and piano performance from the University of Washington. Davenport is active as a collaborative artist, having worked with instrumentalists, vocalists, choirs, and orchestras around the Pacific Northwest. She also is the author of Tacoma's Theater District (2015) and Tacoma's Lincoln District (2018) in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. Her research has been published in COLUMBIA, the journal of the Washington State Historical Society, as well as SYMPOSIUM, the journal of the College Music Society. Most recently, she launched a new blog to share her own and her students’ research: TacomaMusicHistory.org.
As a performer, Davenport is primarily interested in new and under-represented works, whether for solo keyboard or in a chamber music setting. Her solo recording, John Verrall: Compositions for Piano, highlights this focus. She was also pianist for Duo Alea (1999–2019), the ensemble she formed with her clarinetist father Michael; the Duo's performances and recordings featured local and world premieres of several important works for bass clarinet and piano. Following her father's passing, she carries on the work of the independent music publishing firm they founded to promote new works for the bass clarinet by composers from around the world.