Conductor, keyboardist, and bass-baritone Dr. James R. Davidson currently serves as Chorus Master and Associated Conductor of Ozarks Lyric Opera, Associate Conductor of the Missouri Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies and Music Education at Drury University, and Advisory Director of Music Ministries and Principal Organist of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. He is the former Founding Artistic Director of the Springfield Chamber Chorus, Korrepetitor and Musikalishe Assistentin of the Neue Eutiner Festspiele in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and Director of Choral Activities at Ozark and Hazelwood Central High Schools in Missouri. His recent guest conducting appearances include the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, the Nürnberg Löhe-Chor, and the Prague Hlahol Society Chorus and Orchestra. Davidson’s choirs have garnered international acclaim, frequently collaborating with other local, national, and international choruses and orchestras. In addition to his conducting duties, Davidson maintains an active performance career as a collaborative keyboardist and chorister. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education (Vocal/Choral Emphasis) and Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Missouri State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Kansas School of Music, where he was awarded the Sandra Keller-Daugherty Outstanding Graduate Conductor Award. He resides in Springfield, Missouri with his wife Amelia and their three children—Elinor, Felix, and Violet.