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Justin Smith, DMA

Justin Smith DMA

Director of Choral Activities
Joseph P. Naumes Endowed Chair, Music
Department of Art, Music & Creative Arts Therapies
St. Catherine Hall
503.534.4067
jsmith@marylhurst.edu

Education

DMA, University of Houston
MM, University of Oregon
BA, Wesleyan University

Instrument/Subject

Director of Choral Activities

About

Justin Smith is the Director of Choral Activities. He conducts several choirs, teaches music history and conducting, and administers the Music Core. He is director of the Marylhurst Chorale and founder of the Marylhurst Choral Union. Under his leadership, Marylhurst choirs have grown from eighteen to eighty singers, and will appear at Carnegie Hall, New York City, under his direction in February of 2015. He is in demand as an honor choir and festival clinician throughout the Northwest, and will direct several region and district Honor Choirs in Oregon and Washington in 2014-15.

Before taking up his present position, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where he conducted the Concert Women's Chorus and the University Men's Chorus. In the summer of 2010, he founded the Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir, with whom he presented the Houston premiere of Leonard Bernstein's MASS in May of 2012 to rapturous acclaim and sold-out houses. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in April of 2012, conducting the Faure Requiem for MidAmerica Productions.

He holds the DMA in Choral Conducting from the Moores School of Music, where he studied with Charles Hausmann and Betsy Cook Weber. He is a noted scholar of American choral music of the twentieth century, having been published twice in Choral Journal on neglected choral works of Marc Blitzstein and Vincent Persichetti. He holds further degrees in music from Wesleyan University and the University of Oregon. Dr. Smith is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Oregon Music Educators Association. He serves as Collegiate R & S Chair on the board of the Oregon ACDA chapter. He and his wife Cristina reside in Northeast Portland with their three beautiful young sons.

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