Michael Smith to perform faculty recital May 2

Michael Smith, Luther College assistant professor of music, will give a faculty tenor and bass trombone recital with collaborating pianist Du Huang, Luther professor of music, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Smith will perform both standard and non-traditional original works for trombone.  Bass trombone selections include "Two Songs" by Spillman and the unaccompanied work "Sonata Breve" by Hartley. On the tenor trombone, he will play "Aria et Polonaise" by Jongen, "Elegie" by Rachmaninov and "Cryptical Triptych" by Ross.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, a Master of Music Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a doctorate in Trombone Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Prior to his appointment at Luther College, Smith taught at Millikin University, Knox College and at the University of Illinois as the head teaching assistant in the trombone studio. He has also taught at Luther's summer Dorian Camps and the Illinois Summer Youth Music Trombone Camps at the University of Illinois.

He has been a guest clinician, soloist and conductor at the Georgia Honors Low Brass Choir at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, the Illinois Honors Trombone Choir in Chicago, the Illinois Honors Trombone Choir held at the University of Illinois and the Illinois Junior Trombone Symposium in Chicago. He also co-founded and conducted the University of Illinois High School Laboratory Trombone Choir.

His awards from the University of Illinois include the Robert Gray Trombone Award, the Albert A. Harding Award and the Mark H. Hindsley Award.

At Luther College, Smith teaches low brass, low brass methods, coaches small brass ensembles, and conducts the Luther College Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and Trombone Choir.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Michael Smith