Cara Davis

Cara Davis, M.M., B.A.-Music, is the artistic director for Encore! Handbell Ensemble.  Her love of handbell music inspired the formation of Encore!, which she helped found in 2008.  In addition to working with Encore!, Ms. Davis teaches Theory for the General Student, African American Music: A History of Rock and Roll and Music Appreciation at UW-Oshkosh.  She is the director of the UW-Fox Valley Chorale in Menasha. She also teaches Jazz History at UW-Fox Valley and has taught Beginning Piano, Music Fundamentals and Aural Skills for the UW Colleges. She has worked at several of the University of Wisconsin college campuses as both a guest conductor, choral accompanist, and a primary choral instructor.   In addition, Ms. Davis maintains an active voice studio at UW-Fox Valley and Ripon College.

Ms. Davis has extensive experience in conducting handbell ensembles and choirs throughout Wisconsin for the last 15 years at both the high school and collegiate level.  She has also worked with church handbell ensembles and vocal choirs throughout the state of Wisconsin.  In addition to directing Encore!, she conducts the handbell choir at First Presbyterian Church in Oshkosh. 

Ms. Davis received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2005, studying under Dr. Constance Haas and Dr. Valerie Errante.  Since then, she has been a guest conductor around the state and has performed extensively as a soloist with several choral organizations.  Most recently, she has been the guest conductor for the Moraine Chorus in West Bend and has been guest soloist with the Marian University Chorus, Ripon College Choral Union, UW-Fond du Lac Chamber Singers, and UW-Milwaukee Orchestra and Chorale.  Ms. Davis also sings with the White Heron Chorale based at Lawrence University in Appleton.  Cara is married to Tom.  They have three beautiful children, Charlie, Joel and Larissa.