Dennis Davenport, Professor & Department Chair, Music

Dennis Davenport



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Dennis Davenport is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Music at Otterbein University. Current teaching includes Theory, Musical Theatre History and directing the Otterbein Singers. He served as Music Director for the BFA Musical Theatre program from 2001-2011. Recent production work at Otterbein includes The All Night Strut,The Fantasticks and Little Shop of Horrors for Otterbein Summer Theatre, and La Serva Padrona, The Gift of the Magi (David Conte) and The Life and Love of Joe Coogan (Paul Salerni) for Otterbein Opera Theatre. During his Spring 2015 sabbatical, Davenport composed music for First Encounters: Berthe Morisot Meets Edouard Manet (An Opera? A Musical?) to a libretto by his spouse Sarah Davenport. The work was produced by Otterbein Opera Theatre in April 2016. Other original work includes scores for Brecht’s Galileo at the University of Michigan, and for Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle at Otterbein. Davenport’s degrees include an A.B. in Music from Princeton University, a M. Mus. in Choral Conducting from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, and a D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Oregon. Davenport serves as Otterbein liaison to the Board of the Westerville Symphony, and also serves as organist/pianist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville.


  • University of Oregon, DMA
  • Austin Peay State University, M.Mus. in Choral conducting
  • Princeton University, AB in Music