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Justin Smith, DMA

Justin Smith DMA

Director of Choral Activities
Joseph P. Naumes Endowed Chair
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 and  holder of the Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair in Music at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, where he conducts three 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 and Marylhurst Chamber Choir. Under his leadership, Marylhurst choirs have grown from eighteen to ninety singers, from one to three choirs. 

Under Dr. Smith's leadership, the Marylhurst Chamber Choir has achieved international recognition, winning both Third Prize and the PEACE Award for Spirit at the 62nd International Cork Choral Festival, one of Europe's most prestigious choral competitions, in May 2016. In 2014-15, the Chamber Choir appeared by invitation at both the Allstate Conference of the Oregon Music Educators Association, and on the stage of historic Carnegie Hall, New York City. He is in demand as an honor choir and festival clinician throughout the Northwest, and directed several region and district Honor Choirs in Oregon and Washington in 2015-16. He is also the founder and director of Marylhurst Opera, which presents a fully staged production each spring. 

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, and returned to conduct the Mozart F Major Missa Brevis in Vienna, Austria in Summer 2016. 

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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June 01, 2016

Commencement 2016 RSVP Deadline

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Consider joining Marylhurst's Sustainability Council. Any interested person, student, staff, faculty, alumni, or community member, is eligible to s...

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June 01, 2016

History of the Book Exhibit

Join Meg Roland's History of the Book class for an evening celebrating the life and journey of books! We will have many books on display from Shoen...

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