Dr. Matthew O. Smith is Associate Director of Bands at the University of Kansas, where he conducts the Symphonic Band, the Marching Jayhawks, and teaches courses in conducting and music education in the School of Music. He is also the director of the nationally renowned Midwestern Music Camps held at KU. He has held similar positions in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Iowa State University, Baylor University, and the University of Michigan.
Raised in Fairfax, Virginia, Smith received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After teaching in the Maryland public schools, he completed a master's degree in music education from the University of Michigan. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University. Smith’s doctoral research focused on the on the early works of composer Joel Puckett. Smith has also worked with numerous other composers, including Libby Larson, Michael Torke, and John Corigliano. Additional interests include conducting pedagogy and instrumental music education.
Smith is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He has been published in The Instrumentalist and the Journal of Band Research. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the Conductor’s Guild, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. He also holds membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.