Steph Davis


About Steph:

Described as a “captivating storyteller,” Steph Davis (they/them) is a Boston-based marimbist obsessed with Black history, critical consciousness, and self-actualization. Steph creates visceral concert experiences that explore topics around race, gender, and Black liberation. 

An active marimbist, Steph has appeared as a soloist in the U.S. and a chamber musician with numerous artists and ensembles, including Nathalie Joachim, Castle of Our Skins, New Gallery Concert Series, MF Dynamics, Southern California Marimba, Modern Marimba, and Bent Knee. Steadily arranging and commissioning new works, Steph has contributed over 20 works by Black composers to the marimba’s repertoire.  

As a composer, Steph’s music has been performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the United Arab Emirates. They have received commissions from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Modern Marimba, Spectrum Ensemble, Prism Percussion, Britton-René Collins, and Cameron Denby. 

Steph is a teaching artist with Castle of Our Skins and has led classes about spirituals, music & decolonization, and liberatory practice  

Steph was awarded an ACTivate residency at Boston Center for the Arts. They were a semifinalist in the Southern California Marimba International Artist Competition and a finalist in the Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition. Steph was awarded an Artist Fellowship with Music for Food and a fellowship at the ACF Experimental Institute.  

Steph received their B.M. in percussion performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where they are currently pursuing a M.M. in marimba performance. Their primary teachers include Nancy Zeltsman and Sam Solomon. 

Steph is a Marimba One Artist.

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August 15-28



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