Dr Brenda Smith teaches studio voice, diction and vocal pedagogy. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to the concept of lifelong singing through proper voice care. Dr. Smith is a lyric soprano with special interests in the recital and concert repertoire. In addition, Dr Smith was translator, collaborator and assistant to Dr Wilhelm Ehmann and Dr Frauke Haasemann, the pedagogues whose work in Germany and the United States developed the concept of voice building for choirs. She is the translator of the book Voice Building for Choirs by Wilhelm Ehmann and Frauke Haasemann (Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, Inc.; 1980).
Dr Smith works regularly as consultant, clinician, and conductor with amateur and professional choirs throughout the world. She has been associated with the choirs of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Central City Chorus, and the Dessoff Choirs in New York City, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Cathedral Choral Society of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., as well as the choirs of the Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, Fla.
Because of her interest in public and private music education, Dr Smith has been the Two-College Choir Interest Chair for the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association and the Florida Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities. She is a frequent adjudicator and clinician for the Music Performance Assessment Festivals of the Florida Vocal Association.
Dr Smith collaborates regularly with Dr Robert Thayer Sataloff, implementing projects to promote vocal health through the choral experience. A frequent presenter at the International Symposium on the Care of the Professional Voice, sponsored by the Voice Foundation, Dr. Smith is the author with Dr. Sataloff of the textbook, Choral Pedagogy, now in its second edition, published by Plural Publishing Co.(San Diego, CA, 2006). The book is the only text exclusively devoted to the relationship between vocal pedagogy, choral conducting, and voice science.
Additionally, Dr. Smith is the author of Cantare et Sonare: A Handbook of Choral Performance Practice published by Hinshaw Music, Inc (Chapel Hill, NC: 2006). She has presented at the national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, regional meetings of the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Dr. Smith has published articles on matters of choral and vocal pedagogy in the numerous journals and textbooks.
As Coordinator of Musical Activities at the German School of Middlebury College in Vermont for 14 years, Dr Smith founded and directed the