Dr. Aaron Smith
Director, Musical Activities
Chairman, USNA Music Department
DR. AARON SMITH accepted his appointment at the U.S. Naval Academy following a long series of impressive accomplishments as one of the nation’s youngest and most successful choral conductors, and now oversees one of the most visible music programs in the country.
He has been seen in a wide variety of performances and performing venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and many other prominent concert halls and churches throughout the country. Highlight musical collaborations include performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, the New Jersey Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, Chanticleer, the American Boychoir, Mark Morris Dance Group, the Great Performer’s Series, the Mostly Mozart Festival, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Colin Davis, Zdenek Macal, Joseph Flummerfelt, John Rutter, Renee Fleming, and multiple television and radio stations. Additionally, Dr. Smith assisted in the preparation of the Emmy Award nominated performance of the “Live from Lincoln Center” broadcast of Mozart’s Requiem in 2001.
Dr. Smith received a Vocal Performance Certificate and his undergraduate degree in Choral Music from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters degree with Honors and Distinction in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and his Doctorate in Choral Conducting from SUNY Stony Brook, New York. He is a native of Austin, Texas.