Employment History

Smith Music AssociatesFounder-CEO2007 -
Susquehanna SymphonyAssistant Conductor2004-05
New Black Music Repertory EnsembleCo-Principal Conductor2004-
University at AlbanyAssociate Professor (tenured) - Orchestra1999-03
California State University, East BayAssistant Professor1998-99
Centennial Philharmonic (CO)Music Director1998-99
Fort Dodge Area Symphony Orchestra (IA)Music Director1991-92
Black Music Repertory Ensemble (IL)Co-Principal Conductor1991-
Iowa State UniversityAssociate Professor (tenured) - Orchestra1989-98
Central Iowa Symphony OrchestraMusic Director1989-91
Sandy Springs Chamber Orchestra (GA)Assistant Conductor1988-89
Georgia State UniversityAssistant Professor - Orchestra1986-89
Denver Chamber OrchestraAssistant Conductor1984-86
Colorado Youth Symphony OrchestraAssistant Conductor/co-founder1984-85
University of DenverTemporary Instructor - Conducting1985
Ball State UniversityDoctoral Conducting Fellow1983-84
University of DenverGraduate Conducting Assistant1981-83



Earned Degrees/Certifications
University of DenverConducting MAJune 1983
Shenandoah ConservatoryMusic Education BME (magna cum laude)May 1980
Shenandoah ConservatoryClarinet Performance CertificateMay 1980
Texas Teaching CertificateMusic K-122007-
Virginia Teaching CertificateMusic K-121980
Specialized Education
Aspen Music FestivalOrchestral ConductingSummer 1980
Ball State UniversityDoctoral Conducting Fellow1983
Conductors Guild WorkshopsOrchestral Conducting1986,1987,1992
American Symphony Orchestra LeagueConducting WorkshopCincinnati 1985
Conductors Guild Summer Institute Orchestral ConductingSummer 1985-87
Pierre Monteux Conducting ProgramOrchestral ConductingSummer 1988,90-94
International Symphonic WorkshopsOrchestral ConductingSummer 1992
Conn-Selmer InstituteMusic Supervisor Track2011, 2012
Private Conducting Study
Charles Bruck (deceased)DirectorPierre Monteux Conducting Program
Harold FarbermanFounderConductors Guild
JoAnn FallettaMusic DirectorBuffalo Philharmonic
James SetapenDirectorMusic Institute of Chicago
Alexander PolyanichkoMusic DirectorMravinsky Theatre Orchestra



“Bright Lights or Burn Out” Iowa String Teacher Journal. Vol. 43, No. 4, Summer 1991

“Nine Life Lessons for a Successful Contest Experience.” National Federation of State High School Associations. Vol. 12, No. 2, pg. 16-17, 1991-92


Artistic Exhibitions

Vocal arrangements sung in concert of the Shreveport Symphony
“Bury Me in A Free Land” and “Midway”Shreveport, LA1995
“To Live With Grace” New Playwright award Albany Civic Theatre2000
“To Live With Grace” Dramatic PlayFort Valley State University (GA)2000



Tuscarora School District (Mercersburg, PA)
          5th and 6th grade Instrumental Instructor
Assistant High School Instrumental Instructor
University of Denver
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Wind Ensemble
Wind Symphony
Ball State University
Doctoral Teaching Assistant
Basic Instrumental Conducting
Concert Band
University of Denver
Wind Ensemble
Chamber Winds
Advanced Instrumental Conducting
Colorado Academy (Denver, CO)
7-12 Instrumental Instructor
Georgia State University
Symphony Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Applied Clarinet
Basic Conducting
Advanced Instrumental Conducting
Graduate Instrumental Conducting
Woodwind Chamber Music
Iowa State University
Symphony Orchestra
Basic Conducting (Instrumental and Choral)
Undergraduate Instrumental Conducting
Independent Study in Conducting (Undergraduate and Graduate Credit)
Survey of Black American Music (new course)
Summer Chamber Music Workshop (for high school students) Conductor Chamber Orchestra
Applied Clarinet
Oratorio Choir
Symphonic Band
California State University, Hayward
Symphony Orchestra
World Music
Instrumental Conducting
New Music Ensemble (new course)
Student Teaching Seminar
University at Albany
Symphony Orchestra
Concert Band
Basketball Pep Band
Survey of Black American Music (new course)
Introduction to Music
First Year Aural Skills
Conducting I and II
Langham Creek High School
Sinfonia - advanced string orchestra
Philharmonic - intermediate string orchestra
Camerata - young/intermediate string orchestra
Mentoring new music faculty at feeder middle school programs
Conroe High School
Chamber Strings – advanced string orchestra
Symphonic Strings – intermediate string orchestra
Philharmonic Strings – young/intermediate string orchestra
Symphony Orchestra – full orchestra



Georgia State University
          MemberAfrican American Faculty Mentoring Council1988-89
Iowa State University
AdjudicatorNorth Central Association 1991-93
MemberBoard of Directors, Iowa Music Educators Association 1994-96
MemberBoard of Directors, Ames Community Arts Council 1990-91
MemberBoard of Directors, Youth Orchestra Association of Ames1990-92
MemberVEISHEA Advisory Council1992-94
Faculty advisorStars Over VEISHEA1992-93
MemberUniversity Teaching Awards Selection Committee1992-93
MemberSearch Committee for Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences1996
MemberSearch Committee for General Manager of the campus NPR station1997
MemberVEISHEA (campus wide student operated festival) Steering Committee1994-97
MemberSearch Committee for Vice President of External Affairs1996
MemberSearch Committee for Director of African American Studies1997
MemberLAS Representative Assembly1990-93
MemberLAS Committee on Curriculum 1995-98
MemberUniversity Task Force on Liberal Education1995-96
MemberUniversity Performing Arts Committee1995-98
MemberProvost’s Faculty Conference Committee1996
MemberUniversity Promotion and Tenure Committee
     (Redesigned the University Promotion and Tenure Document)
MemberUniversity Committee to Review Athletic Academic Progress1996-98
MemberAfrican American Studies Steering Committee1997-98
MemberMusic department faculty search committees 1989-98
     (flute/theory, trumpet/jazz, music education, marching band)
MemberMusic department Scholarship and Admissions Committee1989-92
MemberMusic department Promotion and Tenure Committee1989-92
Faculty mentorProvost’s Mentoring Initiative1995-96
Guest lecturerISU Elderhostel Program 1995-97
Guest speakerAmes International Orchestra Festival 1989-97
AdvisorMusic performance majors1996-98
MemberMusic department curriculum committee1995-96
Faculty advisorPhi Mu Alpha SINFONIA 1990-98
California State University, Hayward
MemberScholarship Committee1998-99
MemberMusic department Advisory Council1998-99
MemberScholarship Gala Committee (ad hoc)1998-99
University at Albany
MemberUniversity Museum Strategic Planning Committee1999
MemberUniversity Search Committee for Vice President of Public Affairs 2000
MemberCommencement Committee2001-03
MemberUniversity Senate (elected)2002-03
MemberUniversity Auxiliary Services Board of Directors2002-03
MemberCollege of Arts and Sciences Faculty Council2000-03
MemberCollege of Arts and Sciences English Chair Search2001
MemberCollege of Arts and Sciences PAC House Manager Search2001
MemberCollege of Arts and Sciences Promotion and Tenure2001-03
MemberCollege of Arts and Sciences Task Force on the Arts2003


Professional Affiliations

MemberConductors Guild (served three 3-year terms on board of directors)
MemberPhi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
MemberSigma Alpha Iota - National Arts Associate
MemberPi Kappa Lambda
MemberMusic Educators National Conference
Founding MemberCollege Orchestra Directors Association (CODA)
MemberTexas Music Educators Association


Artistic Performances, Conducting

Georgia State University (18 concerts)Atlanta (GA)1986-89
Georgia Music Educators ConventionSavannah1988
Iowa State University (45 concerts) Ames (IA)1989-98
University of Northern Colorado-Weekend for StrsGreeley (CO)1989
MacPhail Center Chamber OrchestraMinneapolis (MN)1990
North Central MENC ConferenceMadison (WI)1990
National Black Arts FestivalAtlanta (GA)1990
Des Moines Middle School Festival OrchestraDes Moines (IA)1990
Southeastern Music Center Festival OrchestraColumbus (GA)1991
Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point OrchestraStevens Point (WI)1991
Nashville Symphony OrchestraNashville (TN)1992
Adrian Symphony OrchestraAdrian (MI)1992
National Taiwan Normal University OrchestraTaipei TAIWAN1992
Univ. of Central Florida Community OrchestraOrlando (FL)1992
CVAC Instrumental FestivalBoone (IA)1992
NEIC Honors Music FestivalTipton (IA)1992
Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony OrchestraCleveland (OH)1993
Metropolitan Orchestra FestivalCedar Rapids (IA)1993
Iowa Music Educators ConventionAmes (IA)1994
Camellia OrchestraSacramento (CA)1995
Colorado Youth Symphony OrchestraDenver1995
University of Wyoming Symphony OrchestraLaramie1995
Colorado All State OrchestraBoulder1995
Shreveport Symphony OrchestraShreveport (LA) 1995
University of Northern Colorado String FestivalGreeley1996
Dayton Philharmonic OrchestraDayton (OH)1996
Central Iowa High School Orchestra FestivalFort Dodge (IA)1996
Tri II Music FestivalDubuque (IA)1996
Montana Orchestra FestivalBillings1997
Omaha All City Orchestra Omaha (NE)1997
Oregon All State OrchestraEugene1998
San Francisco Concerto OrchestraSan Francisco, Walnut Creek1998
Des Moines Symphony OrchestraDes Moines1998
Amarillo Symphony Chamber OrchestraAmarillo (TX)1998
Centennial Philharmonic (2 concerts)Denver1998-99
University at Albany (20 plus concerts)Albany (NY)1999-2003
Ruby Mountain SymphonyElko (NV)1999
Contra Costa Chamber OrchestraWalnut Creek (CA)1999
Montana All State OrchestraBillings1999
Iowa Youth PhilharmonicDes Moines1999
California State University, Hayward (3 concerts)Hayward (CA)1999
San Mateo District Orchestra FestivalSan Mateo (CA)1999
Washington County All County Band FestivalHagerstown (MD)2000
Orquestra de Sinfonia OaxacaOaxaca (Mexico)2001
Harford County All County OrchestraBel Air (MD)2001
Capitol Area All State OrchestraSaratoga Springs (NY)2001
Anne Arundel County All County OrchestraAnnapolis (MD)2002
Carroll County All County OrchestraCarroll County (MD)2002
Texas Region 20 Orchestra FestivalIrving (TX)2006
St. Petersburg State SymphonyRUSSIA2012
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Canada2013
Atlanta Symphony OrchestraGeorgia2013