Krissi Davis, orchestra director at Grady High School in Atlanta Public Schools, is in her 14th year in education. She previously taught at the middle and high school levels in Clayton County and Fayette County. While in Clayton County, she directed the Clayton County Middle School Honor Orchestra, and founded the Fine Arts Magnet Orchestra, now Stilwell School of the Arts Orchestra. Ms. Davis earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Georgia State University in 2004, and Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia in 2017. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Music Education at Georgia State University.
Orchestras under her direction consistently earn superior ratings at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations (LGPE). Orchestras under her direction have traveled and presented performances in Washington, DC; Orlando, FL; Symphony Hall in Chicago, IL; Carnegie Hall in New York, NY; and most recently at the 2018 ASTA National Orchestra Festival. Students in her orchestras consistently participate in honor orchestras such as the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Georgia Youth Symphony, and Georgia All-State Orchestra. Ms. Davis is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and currently serves as the GMEA District 5 Orchestra Chair. Ms. Davis has adjudicated LGPE in GMEA in several districts, and most recently presented a session at the 2018 GMEA In-Service Conference. She has worked as a guest clinician in various capacities and maintains a private violin studio. Ms. Davis resides in Atlanta, Ga with her dogs Diggy and Russy, and in her spare time enjoys collecting stamps in her passport.
Grady High School Orchestra comprises three orchestra classes: Concert is open to beginning students; Symphonic, the intermediate ensemble, is for students with some string experience; and Philharmonic, open by audition to experienced musicians who are ready to refine technique at higher levels.
The first concert of the “In-and-About High School Atlanta Symphony” was presented at Grady High School (then Boys High) on February 9, 1939. With the support of the Atlanta Music Club, local businesses, and countless others, this regional youth orchestra grew over the years to become an all-professional ensemble: the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.