Dr. Elizabeth Melcher Davis serves as Assistant to the Rector for Music Ministries at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia.
Elizabeth Melcher Davis received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in 1994, where she studied organ with Russell Saunders, David Craighead, and David Higgs. As a student of John Weaver, she received the Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and the Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music as a full scholarship student.
Dr. Melcher Davis is an active recitalist throughout the United States. Her recitals include most notably: St. James Episcopal Church, Los Angeles; St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco; National City Christian Church, Washington, D.C.; Ursinus College; Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, NY; Ocean Grove Auditorium; U.S. Naval Academy; Wesleyan University’s Young Organ Virtuosi Recital Series; St. Thomas Church and Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City; Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA; University of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Chapel; and Shenandoah University. Elizabeth was a featured recitalist at the American Guild of Organists Region III Conventions in Alexandria, VA in 2003 and in Washington, D.C. in 1997.
Dr. Melcher Davis has been a prizewinner in numerous organ competitions. In July 1996, she was selected as one of three finalists in the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition held during the AGO National Convention in New York City. She was awarded second prize in the 1995 and 1998 Arthur Poister National Scholarship Competition in Organ Playing in Syracuse, New York. She also won second prize in the 1993 Naples (Florida) International Organ Festival Competition. In 1991, she won first prize in the Region III and the Philadelphia Chapter levels of the AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.
Dr. Melcher Davis served as a member of the executive committee of both the Baltimore and Philadelphia Chapters of the American Guild of Organists. She was also an assistant to Dr. Keith Chapman at the John Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Philadelphia. Elizabeth served as an adjudicator for the Washington, D.C. AGO Chapter’s Young Organists Competition in March 2001 and for the National Organ Competition at West Chester University in May 2001.
Dr. Melcher Davis recorded a CD, “Pageant”, at Vienna (VA) Presbyterian Church in 2001. The CD was recorded live at a recital for the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The CD is available for purchase by e-mailing Dr. Melcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Melcher Davis was featured on “Pipedreams”, a national radio program of organ music. Elizabeth’s performance of “Concert Etude for Pedals Alone” by Dr. John Weaver, which is dedicated to her, was included in Program No. 0717, “The Weaver’s Tale”. This program was a tribute to Dr. John Weaver, who was one of Elizabeth’s former organ professors. The program is available on the internet at www.pipedreams.org.
Dr. Melcher Davis’s biographical profile is listed in “Who’s Who of American Women” and “Who’s Who in America”.