Silver Lake College welcomes new music faculty

Posted On August 25, 2017

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By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations

MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College welcomes Dr. James Ackman of Manitowoc and Emily Davis of Sheboygan to its full-time music faculty.

“I am thrilled both Emily and James joined the Music Department here at the Silver Lake College,” said Dr. Diana Shapiro, chair of the Department of Music. “I am confident their expertise will greatly contribute to the growing name recognition of our department and attract even more active participants to our campus.”

Dr. Ackman, assistant professor of instrumental music and director of instrumental music, teaches Instrumental Music Methods and Material, Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Technology in Music, and Introduction to Music. He also directs the Silver Lake Wind Ensemble and Silver Lake Jazz Ensemble.

He comes to Silver Lake College from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. There, he was director of the arts online division, which included courses in music, visual arts, dance, theater, cinematography and social media for the arts. He also directed the Master of Music Education online degree program.

Dr. Ackman holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He earned a Master of Music in conducting from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Music in music education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Dr. Ackman has performed in many genres, including jazz, as a percussionist and drum-set player.

Soprano Emily Davis, formerly an adjunct music instructor at Silver Lake College, is now full-time instructor of vocal music. She will be teaching Applied Voice, Singer’s Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, and Music Theory. Davis also directs the Opera Workshop production every spring, in addition to operating an active private vocal studio.

Her students have received professional contracts with the Skylight Opera Company in Milwaukee, and Kids from Wisconsin performing arts group. Also from her studio was a first-place winner in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) District Auditions in both the Classical and Musical Theater divisions.

Davis earned her Master of Music in vocal performance from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and Bachelor of Arts in music and history from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she graduated summa cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Performing a variety of genres, Davis has been featured in several opera and musical theater roles, and oratorio works. She participated in the Welsey Balk Opera/Musical-Theater Institute singers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and continues to perform solo recitals of operatic, oratorio, musical theater, and art song repertoire.