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Julie Smith

Location: Alabama, USA
Julie (Smith) Arthur or
San Jose State University – San Jose, CA
            Master of Arts in Music, emphasis in Choral Conducting
Azusa Pacific University – Azusa, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Music, emphasis in Music Education

Selected Teaching Experience

Houston Academy - Dothan AL
                        Music Teacher (2014 - Present): Teach Upper School Chorus, Upper School Drama, Lower School Chorus, 6th grade Show Choir, and 6th grade Language Foundations.
Self-Employed Music Teacher – Various locations
                        Music teacher (On-going): Teach individual private violin and piano lessons to students of varying ages
San Jose State University Choraliers, Concert Choir, and Women’s Choir – San Jose, CA
                        Assistant Conductor (August 2010 – May 2013): Assisted Conductor in music related tasks, led rehearsals in Conductor’s absence; rehearsed and conducted several pieces per concert
North County Coalition for the Arts, ArtSparks – Brawley, CA
                        ​Instructor, Strings (June 2012 – July 2012):  Taught beginning and intermediate violin and cello students, taught basic string instrument techniques, taught folk songs from the Suzuki method to beginning string students, coordinated with other teachers and NoCCA director for final concert, communicated with parents regarding rehearsals and concert
Smith Academy of Singers – Brawley, CA
                        Instructor (October 2011 – June 2012): Taught class of Kindergarten through 3rd graders proper singing technique, basic musical skills, prepared for concert, communicated with parents regarding rehearsals and concerts
San Jose State University, Beginning Conducting Class – San Jose, CA                       
                        Teaching Assistant (August 2010-December 2010): Assisted teacher with taking attendance and grading papers and exams; taught weekly conducting labs; often took half of the class to give instruction, graded assignments related to conducting technique and skills
Azusa Pacific University, Chamber Singers – Azusa, CA
Graduate Assistant Conductor (September 2009 – May 2010): Assisted Conductor in music related tasks, conduct and lead rehearsals in Conductor’s absence; coached section leaders, rehearsed and conducted one piece per concert
Head Section Leader (September 2008 – May 2009): Planned and led all soprano sectional rehearsals twice weekly; assisted Director in musical related tasks; served as liaison between other section leaders and Director
Global Vision Christian School – Eumseong, South Korea
English Instructor (July 2009 – August 2009, January 2010): Taught South Korean students during intensive English camp, taught choir of Korean students to perform at the end of each camp
Baptist Voice Children’s Choir, MBCLA – Alhambra, CA                       
KinderPraise Teacher (September 2008 – December 2008): Organized lesson plans; created learning objectives; provided students with comprehensive musical education and performance opportunities
Azusa Conservatory of Music – Azusa, CA                       
Violin and Piano Teacher (January 2006 – May 2006): Provided weekly music lessons to underprivileged students in Azusa community

Selected Performance experience

  • Selected to conduct a choir on stage with The Rolling Stones in Oakland and San Jose, May 2013
  • One of 60 participants selected to sing for the Andrea Bocelli concert held at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, CA
  • One of 90 participants selected to sing for the 2011 ACDA National Conference Conducting Competition
  • Conducted the World Premiere of Our Father, Lord and Shepherd by Phil Shackleton (2010)
  • Bel Canto tour of Romania (2008) - Guest Performance at the Franklin Graham Crusade, Timisoara, Romania, 2008
  • Eric Whitacre Honor Choir, Italy, June – July 2007
  • Instituto Schiller, Mexicali, Mexico – Performance with Luciano Pavarotti “Sin Fronteras,” 2004
  • West Coast Premiere: Jeu de Timbres, Steven Stucky, APU Symphony Orchestra, 2009
  • U.S. Premiere: Stockholm Diary, Esa-Pekka Salonen, APU Symphony Orchestra, 2008
  • Chamber Singers Choir and Orchestra tour, Italy, July 2007


Selected Musical Skills

  • Trained violinist
  • Educated in diction of languages for singers and International Phonetic Alphabet
  • Studied Spanish and French
  • Choral conducting expertise
    • Private instruction with Charlene Archibeque, DMA
    • Private instruction with Jeffrey Benson, Ph.D
  • Extensive instruction on instrumental techniques and music education
  • Master class participant with Rodney Eichenberger and Jerry Blackstone
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