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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 the Fresno Philharmonic, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Santa Monica, and in masterclass with members of the Mozarteum Orchestra. She was invited to perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Memphis and the Copland Concerto with musicians at the Thornton School of Music at USC. She has placed in several different competitions over the years and was awarded first prize in the graduate division of the 5-state regional Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, hosted in the Twin Cities, MN. 
 
Amelia is based in both Fresno and Los Angeles, California. In LA, she continues to teach her private students and occasionally work with students of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). Considering herself an activist invested in the work of social justice through music education at varying levels, Smith has been privileged to help develop both musical skills and strong community within the 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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