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PAUL A. SMITH began his music career early in life as a piano student of the late African-American pianist/composer poser Margaret Bonds. His formal education includes degrees from Chapman University, with Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California. Currently he serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Northridge.
Smith is in constant demand as conductor, singer, and clinician. He has guest-conducted regional and conference honor choirs. In 2000 he served as guest conductor of the World Youth Choir with concerts throughout Spain.
Groups under his direction have appeared in performances with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Smith has performed as soloist with such notable American ensembles as the Roger Wagner Chorale and the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers. He served as assistant director of the Jubilee Singers for 15 years.
The Paul Smith Singers consist of some of the finest individual performers in the Western states. Professional recording, acting, television, teaching, and dance are just a few of the activities reflecting the vast talents of its members. The group has received acclaim for its ensemble work and has appeared in concert with the Pacific Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The Northridge Singers of California State University, Northridge is the elite vocal ensemble of the Music Department, auditioned from 525 music majors. The university, known for its excellence in teaching, is reflected in the achievements of this ensemble, conducted by Professor Smith. Recent honors include an invited performance at the prestigious American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in Texas (2001). The group has presented concerts throughout Europe and will tour and perform at the ACDA Western States Conference in Hawaii (February 2002). This performance marks their first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl.