“One should never forget the places that carved and shaped them as an individual,” said Nicole Davis ’03, ’06. And, Shenandoah University was a major contributor in shaping her life. Aside from her degrees, Shenandoah gave Davis the ability to communicate with many people from all around the world with comfort and confidence.
Davis has been a music teacher at Powhatan School in Boyce, Virginia, for 16 years. However, she would have never even considered the position if it wasn’t for former Shenandoah Conservatory Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Darla Hanley. Hanley recommended Davis for the position while she was working on her master’s degree because Hanley knew Davis would be the right fit.
The most rewarding part of Davis’ job as a music teacher is seeing students find comfort in performing when they are feeling hopelessness.
Outside of Powhatan, Davis is the minister of music for Faith Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., and is also the organist at a church in West Virginia. Davis earned her Bachelor of Music degree in performance and voice, as well as her Master of Music degree in performance at Shenandoah.
During her undergraduate years at the university, Davis was a residential assistant. She is excited for the opportunity to spend more time on campus as an alumni board member, particularly in the conservatory, residential and chapel areas. Davis wants to revitalize the family feeling she had at Shenandoah when she was a student at the university.