Ally Davis

Class of
2023
Position
Berklee College of Music
Biography

Pronouns Used: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Principal Instrument: Piano

Majors: Composition and Film Scoring

Minor: Musical Theater Writing and Musical Theater Conducting

Languages Spoken (other than English): Spanish


Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.

My favorite experience is so hard to pick! I would say writing a musical has been standout for me though. I met my cowriter, now a recent graduate, and we have made some amazing music that I'm so proud of. Collaborating with people is always a positive thing. There is so much to learn.

When you think about your favorite class so far, what is one example of why you enjoyed it?

My favorite class thus far has been my musical theater writing classes. Every other week we brought in new works of musical theater and got to listen to others, receive feedback, and grow as writers. It's invaluable to have had two semesters of that class and to have grown in that writing department. I'm still friends with the folks in that class today. The bonding was real.

What is your favorite part about studying and living in Boston? 

Everything. Boston is a stunning city, everything from the architecture to the people. I spend hours and hours exploring the city, getting to know the different neighborhoods, eating some of the best food. Boston is a gem that I'm eternally grateful to experience.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee?

Be yourself, and show interest in getting better. Berklee is not looking for perfection, otherwise you wouldn't need to go here. Make sure you show your strengths, but don't be shy about your weaknesses. How are you working to improve them? State that. Always be striving to be bettering yourself.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

The 15th floor lounge in 160 is one of my favorite places. You can see the city of Boston from high up and relax with some amazing views.

Why did you choose Berklee?

I chose Berklee because of the amazing community it has. It is full of diversity and kindness that stay even afterwards. The community is always looking to uplift one another rather than compete, which I enjoy. Additionally, you can do multiple different forms of music at Berklee. You are not tied down to one genre, one instrument, one way of doing music. Berklee opens up avenues left and right to explore musicality.

What are your plans for after graduation?

New York City or Los Angeles. We will see where life takes me.

What have you enjoyed most about the live shows you’ve been involved in at Berklee?

I am personally not a performer when it comes to piano, but I love going to support all my friends who do perform. I love getting to go to a Berklee show multiple times a week. When I have performed doing musical theater, I have to say that collaborating with so many wonderful and talented people has been top-notch.

Where do you hope to perform this coming year?

This year I hope to perform in the caf and maybe the Berklee Performance Center. So far, the caf is on the books for December 1.

 

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