Local student heads to Carnegie Hall
New York City — Watershed School graduate and Waldoboro resident Josie Davis will perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall with celebrated pianist Jeremy Denk Saturday, Jan. 19. Davis, a junior at Oberlin College, is a violinist in the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is a special touring group assembled by the faculty and the conductor, Raphael Jimenez, from the school’s best students.
“I’m just honored,” said Davis. “It will be really fun.”
Davis, 20, said she is not nervous about performing on the legendary main stage of Carnegie Hall, which opened in 1891 and has perhaps the finest acoustics of any venue in the country. She has never been there, but she is no stranger to big stages. Three years ago, while a senior at Watershed, she and her sister Sophie (also a Watershed graduate and now freshman at Oberlin) performed on National Public Radio’s popular classical music show “From the Top,” which features the best student musicians in the country.
Davis’ father, Chris Davis, is a marine biologist and oyster farmer who teaches at the University of Maine, Orono. Her mother, Janet McMahon, is a consulting ecologist and a teacher at Watershed.
At Carnegie Hall, Josie Davis will be performing Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite”; Ravel’s “La Valse”; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21; and the New York premiere of Christopher Rouse’s “The Nevill Feast.” Pianist Denk is a recording artist and well-known soloist.
Davis, who has been playing violin since age 6, is pursuing a double major in music and sociology. Her sister, also a violinist, is doubling in music and environmental studies. Their challenging college schedules do not surprise Watershed director Will Galloway, who said Watershed attracts students who are seeking a demanding intellectual environment in the context of a small and supportive learning community. Watershed began this school year in its new home at the Knox Mill Building in Camden and will have an open house scheduled Thursday evening, Oct. 18. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a Maine State Approved School. For more information, call 230-7341 or visit watershed-school.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.