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Department: Music

David J. SmithDavid J. Smith

Professor of Music


Hill 119

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4961
Office Fax: (205) 226-3058

Brief Career Background:

David Smith is a native of northern California and holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and Westminster Choir College. His teachers include Elizabeth Mannion, Gerhardt Hüsch, David Garvey, Wayne Conner, and Leo Mueller. He served four years as a tenor soloist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, D. C. Smith has had an active career as singer, conductor, teacher, and clinician. He has performed leading roles with the Eastern Opera Theater, Harford Opera, and the Chesapeake Opera Company and has had wide experience in recital and oratorio performance. He has performed with the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Buffalo Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic and the Alabama Symphony orchestras, among others. His Alabama performance credits include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Handel's Messiah with the Arkansas and Alabama Symphonies, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with the Tuscaloosa Symphony, and a performance of Benjamin Britten's renowned Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and String Orchestra with the Alabama Symphony. He has served as director of Birmingham's civic chorus, the Birmingham Concert Chorale, and has also been chorus master for Opera Birmingham. He has conducted choral clinics in Alabama and California (San Francisco and Lake Tahoe). Dr. Smith is a member of the faculty at Birmingham-Southern College where he currently teaches voice.

Educational Background:

B.M. Westminster Choir College, 1969
M.M. The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, 1976
D.M.A. University of Texas at Austin, 1986

Areas of Academic Interest:

Vocal Pedagogy

Courses Taught:

MS 120 - Applied Voice (1/4)
1/2 hr lesson/week, 5 hrs practice required Lesson time is arranged around student's schedule.

MS 320 - Applied Voice (1/2)
1 hr lesson/week, 10 hrs practice required, Lesson time as above

MS 420 - Applied Voice (1)
1 hr lesson/week, 20 hrs practice required. Lesson time as above.

MU 121 - Introduction to Music (1)
An introductory-level survey of music literature. This course introduces fundamental musical concepts and offers a survey of American vernacular music, music of selected world cultures, and standard repertory of western art music. Development of listening skills is emphasized. (Satisfies Disciplinary Foundations requirement in fine and performing arts.)

Interims taught:

Ready for Takeoff (aviation ground school)
Great Symphonies
Life and Music of Mozart
Music in Birmingham
Service-Learning trips and Travel
Zimbabwe, Africa (1996, 1998)
Mozambique, Africa (2003)
South Africa (2007, 2010)