Kim Davenport, M.M.


Specialty: Music/Piano

Davenport, Kim

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: GWP 204
Phone: 253-692-4741
Schedule: By appointment.


Kim Davenport has been working as a professional musician since her pre-teen years, with extensive work as an accompanist and repetiteur. Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of Washington (BA/BM, 1997), where she studied piano with Robin McCabe and Craig Sheppard, and accompanying with Lisa Bergman. She then completed her Master of Music in piano performance at Northwestern University, studying piano with Laurence Davis and harpsichord with Stephen Alltop. As a teacher, she enjoys working both in the classroom, as a lecturer at the University of Washington, Tacoma, and one-on-one with piano students of all ages and abilities at her private studio. As a performer, she is primarily interested in new and 'under-represented' works  whether for solo keyboard or in a chamber music setting. Her first solo recording, "John Verrall: Compositions for Piano", highlights this focus. She has also worked extensively as an accompanist with singers and instrumentalists, choirs, and orchestras around the Pacific Northwest. She has been active for over a decade in the critically acclaimed Duo Alea, the bass clarinet/piano duo she formed with her father, Michael Davenport. The Duo's performances and recordings have brought local and world premieres of several important works for bass clarinet & piano. The Duo are also active in music publishing and recording, forming the independent firm Alea Publishing & Recording in 1997 to produce their own recordings and make available music for the bass clarinet.


My passion as a performer and researcher is in new and 'under-represented' works of contemporary classical music. I work with composers from around the world on performance, recording, and publishing projects, with the aim of sharing their works with wider audiences. I am also a student of local history, and am currently preparing a lecture as part of the "UWT Scholarly Selections" series at the Washington State History Museum, focusing on the significant musical visitors to the Tacoma concert scene in the early 20th century.


My teaching is currently focused on the first-year curriculum, with music courses to meet the 'Intro to Humanities' requirement of the Core. With only ten weeks to explore the world of 'classical music', I immerse my students in a multitude of listening experiences, including live concert attendance and in-class performances by local musicians. I am also developing a similar course which would be open to students outside the Core, taking advantage of the many community partnerships of our urban-serving campus to expose students to a variety of live performance experiences.

Selected Publications

  • John Verrall: Compositions for Piano, Alea Recording 2005


  • Member, The College Music Society

Professional Service

  • Steering Committee Member, Washington Learning Communities Consortium