Kim Davenport joined the Puget Sound faculty in 2017, teaching aural skills. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music from the University of Washington and Master of Music in in piano performance from Northwestern University. In addition to her appointment at Puget Sound, she is on the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Davenport is active as a collaborative artist, having worked with singers, instrumentalists, 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 articles have 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 is pianist for Duo Alea, whose performances and recordings have featured local and world premieres of several important works for bass clarinet & piano. The Duo are also active in music publishing and recording, managing the independent firm Alea Publishing & Recording.
"After many years of teaching courses designed for non-music-majors, I have very much enjoyed being a member of the Puget Sound Music faculty. I especially cherish the opportunity to work with first-year students in as they take on the challenges of aural skills."