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Dr. Amelia Smith is a passionate performer and dedicated educator, having taught private and group clarinet lessons for over a decade in different areas of the US. She has previously taught briefly at the University of Mississippi and at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN for the past six years. As of Fall 2023, she will begin a new position as Adjunct Lecturer in Clarinet at CSU Fresno. She is looking forward to connecting with the Fresno community and working with the clarinet studio.
In addition to teaching, Amelia has performed throughout the country and abroad, including with Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Santa Monica and was invited to perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Memphis. She has placed in several different competitions and was awarded first prize in the graduate division of the 5-state regional Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, hosted in the Twin Cities. Amelia is also the clarinetist for the woodwind quintet Chione, based in her home state of Minnesota. Chione is an all-female ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing works by living composers and presenting educational programs for hundreds of students across Minnesota.
Dr. Smith is based in both Fresno and Los Angeles, California. In LA, she continues to teach both her private students and those at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music, and is proud to teach students of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). Considering herself an activist dedicated to the work of social justice through music education, Smith has been privileged to help develop both musical skills and strong community within her beginning clarinet students at the Inglewood site of YOLA.
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 Howard Klug, Dr. Robyn Jones, Alexander Fiterstein, and Timothy Zavadil.
Amelia Smith, DMA
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