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Amelia Smith, DMA

Originally from a small suburb outside of Minneapolis, Amelia holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (BM), the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis (MM), and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (DMA).  Her former instructors include Alexander Fiterstein, Howard Klug, Dr. Robyn Jones, and Timothy Zavadil. In addition to performing in many different countries and throughout the US, she has performed with several symphony orchestras including Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Santa Monica and was invited to perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Memphis. She is also the clarinetist for the woodwind quintet Chione, based in the Twin Cities. The ensemble is dedicated to commissioning and performing works by living composers and presenting educational programs for children across Minnesota.

     Amelia has placed in several different competitions and was awarded first prize in the graduate division of the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition. Amelia is also a very passionate and dedicated educator, having taught private and group clarinet lessons for over a decade. 

She recently held a brief position serving as interim clarinet faculty at the University of Mississippi and is in her sixth year of teaching at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN.

Most recently, Dr. Smith has relocated to Los Angeles where she teaches at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music and as an activist dedicated to the work of social justice through music education, is proud to be a Clarinet Teaching Artist with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA). 

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