Faculty Profile: Dr. Kevin Smith
Associate Professor (department chair) Music Department
- Currently Teaches
Music History I-II
Form and Analysis I-II
Dr. Kevin D. Smith is Department Chair and Associate Professor of music at Eastern Nazarene College. Before returning to ENC, his alma mater, he worked in the public schools in Massachusetts, Georgia, and Kansas. He has worked in colleges and universities as Director of Choral Activities and Music Theory in Pennsylvania and Kansas, and most recently in Minnesota, where he was Music Department Chair, Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Music Education at Crown College.
Dr. Smith’s choirs have performed all across the United States as well as in Germany, Luxembourg, and France and have been heard on National Public Radio and WQED Pittsburgh, when he premiered Luke Mayernik’s work “A Requiem for Fred Rogers,” in 2003. His choirs have performed with members of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, members of the Carnegie Mellon University, Louisiana State University, and Slippery Rock University Orchestras. They have also performed with members of the cast of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” members of the Pittburgh Opera Chorus, Warren Davidson (violin), and with jazz guitarist Dr. Joe Negri and the jazz combo, Trio Bravo. He has studied conducting with the likes of Dr. Ken Fulton, Maestro Jindong Cai, Dr. Eric Nelson, and Dr. Timothy Shetler.
As conductor/music director he has been involved in numerous musical theatre productions, including the operetta “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” “Hello Dolly,” “Man of La Mancha,” and a 19 show run of “West Side Story,” at the Baton Rouge (LA) Little Theatre, as well as many other lesser known productions. He has also served as music director in a number of different churches and denominations.
Dr. Smith has published articles in both the American Organist (Journal of the American Guild of Organists) and Choral Journal (Journal of American Choral Director’s Association) as well as compositions published with Colla Voce Music. He has served as clinician/adjudicator at numerous high schools and vocal/instrumental competitions. He has been invited to participate as a guest conductor at Carnegie Hall in New York, a conducting fellow at an international festival in Bulgaria, and to present on his research (the music of Latvian composer Rihards Dubra) at the International Federation of Choral Musicians. He has also presented on effective warm-up and choral rehearsal techniques at the Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference for the American Choral Director’s Association. During his career he has been a member of the AGO, ACDA, and MENC as well as the local chapters of each organization.
In addition to his work as a conductor, he has taught courses in Music Theory, Ear Training, Music History, Form and Analysis, Diction, Conducting, and Jazz History.
- D.M.A. in Conducting, Louisiana State University
M.S.M. in Choral Conducting, Emory University
B.S. in Music Education (piano), Eastern Nazarene College