A Retirement Community That’s Music to Her Ears
Ann Davis has been a professional pianist for 55 years. As a soloist, accompanist, teacher, and lecturer, she has traveled across the country to share her talents with audiences and students alike. A staff member at California State University in Fullerton for several years, she went on to teach private lessons to countless students, and perform in many concerts in the Washington, D.C. area and New York City. She is an active member of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity, the Friday Morning Music Club of Washington, D.C., the PEO Sisterhood, and Daughters of the American Revolution.
Music has always been a part of her life. Her mother began teaching her to play the piano at the age of four, and her family tree is rich with talented musicians. Her mother was a well-known piano teacher and teacher of the blind. Both her grandmother and her great grandfather were musicians and educators as well. Her grandmother taught music to the Sioux Indians, and her great grandfather was a circuit rider musician. Ms. Davis passed on this impressive heritage to her son, Richard Todd, who is a concert French horn player in Los Angeles.
Ann continues to play concerts throughout the area and has found a new audience at the continuing care retirement community where she and her husband now live. She says, “We decided to move and leave the responsibilities of a big home behind. We wanted to make the move early, so that we could enjoy all that the community had to offer.” The couple visited retirement communities on the East and West coasts and settled on Fairhaven. Some of their friends from church lived at Fairhaven, a continuing care retirement community in Sykesville, MD, and the Davises decided to look into it. After several visits, they knew that Fairhaven could fit their “cultural and social needs,” says Ms. Davis.
Finding a community where she could share her music was vital to Ann, and Fairhaven has certainly provided that. She is currently giving recitals and lectures for her fellow residents, including for the Fairhaven music listening series. “Normally, the series would just involve listening to music, but once a teacher, always a teacher-I like to lead discussions of the music,” she explains.
When she is not performing at Fairhaven and elsewhere, Ann enjoys hiking; writing children’s poetry, which she then sets to music; genealogy; growing exquisite Japanese bonsai trees; and needlework. She and her husband, an economist, also enjoy the thriving intellectual community at Fairhaven. They both find the varied and intelligent Fairhaven residents to be endlessly stimulating. Ann points out, “I felt confident that I would be able to contribute to any community because people always appreciate music, and the people here are so talented and interested in so many different things.” A passionate teacher and learner, Ms. Davis will undoubtedly thrive in such an environment