John David Smith, Horn
Kathleen and Stephen Thompson Chair, in memory of Kenneth A, Thompson
John David Smith maintains a busy two-track career as professional musician and university professor. He divides his time between his duties as Professor of Music at the University of Delaware and on the professional music scene as Principal Horn of Opera Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestr
a of Philadelphia, and the Philly Pops, in addition to frequent appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Recent career highlights have included a solo appearance with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center, European and domestic tours with Orpheus, and appearances as a regular substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Dr. Smith joined the U.D. Wind Ensemble as soloist during recent festival appearances in Taipei, Taiwan, performed with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in a recent production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Dr. Smith has made previous appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera orchestra, Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Opera as well as frequent performances of Broadway shows. He has performed on a number of tours of Europe and Asia with Orpheus and New York City Opera, performed as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, and can be heard on numerous commercial recordings, including the original cast recording of Parade. From 2000-2003 Dr. Smith served as Principal Horn of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and was for four years a member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. He previously held teaching positions at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Dr. Smith holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, the Certificate of Advanced Studies and Brass Teaching Licentiate (LRAM) from the Royal Academy of Music London, the Associate’s Diploma from the Royal College of Music London (ARCM), and the Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. His teachers have included Julie Landsman, Philip Farkas, Robert Elworthy, Richard Watkins and Michael Hatfield. At U.D., Dr. Smith teaches private study horn, horn methods, and the Artistic Innovations graduate seminar. which examines issues confronting the emerging music professional and offers practical guidance for navigating the perilous professional arts landscape.