This is Dr. Matthew Smith's first year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga serving in his role as Interim Director of Bands. Formerly he was the Associate Director of Bands at Castleton State College. Dr. Smith received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Dayton. During his time at the University of Dayton he: served as Director of the Women’s Basketball Pep Band, Field Commander of the Pride of Dayton Marching Band, and served as an Assistant Conductor with the New Horizons Concert and Jazz Ensembles. Following his undergraduate work was the Director of Bands at Charlotte Catholic High School (Charlotte, North Carolina). In 2005, Smith presented a clinic at the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference: “First Year Teachers and the Real World; What They Do Not Teach You in College.” He received his Masters in Conducting from West Virginia University. During his time at West Virginia he served as the Graduate Assistant to the Concert and Athletic Band Programs. Smith presented at the West Virginia University Student Convocation Seminar on the topic: “The Pyramid Effect: Administration, Parents, and Students: How To Keep Them All In Balance.” Smith completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Connecticut. While at the University of Connecticut, Smith premiered the Big East Band Directors Association Consortium Project: Torn Canvases by Matthew Tommassini. For the past two seasons, Dr. Smith was a conductor with the Hartford Opera Theatre’s “New in November” that premiered two new short operas that were staged, rehearsed, and performed all within the span of 48 hours.
Smith has been a guest adjudicator in Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia, Connecticut and Vermont. He has taken his ensembles to perform nationally and internationally to such places as The Riverside Church in New York City, and St. Peter’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, The Music Educators Associations of: Connecticut, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia; and NAfME - The National Association for Music Education.