Instrumental and Vocal Masterclass
Friday, March 20, 2020
Hatch Recital Hall
In a life devoted to music, words, performance, composition, and education, pianist-composer-poet Alan Louis Smith creates, fosters, and celebrates connections via those pathways. Among his many professional activities, he is the Chair of Keyboard Studies and Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the Thornton School of Music at USC where he has served for thirty years, the Coordinator of the Combined Piano Programs at the Tanglewood Music Center where he also has served for thirty years, and the Music Director of the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar where he mentors alongside his colleague, friend, and muse, Stephanie Blythe. As a pianist he enjoys performances with world-renowned musical artists in some of the world’s great musical venues and his compositions are performed worldwide. His current and former students populate important posts around the globe as educators, performers, and inspirers of future generations of impactful and vital communicative artists.
Dr. Smith will be participating in a short residency at Eastman, from March 18 – 20. This is a joint project, sponsored by the Accompanying and Voice/Opera/Vocal Coaching departments. During this time, Dr. Smith will be adjudicating the Kneisel Competition, teaching several master classes and providing private lessons to students.