Composer, Conductor

Biography

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Jacob Miller Smith(b. 1992) holds a B.M. and M.M. in Music Composition from the University of Alabama and is pursuing a D.M.A. in Music Composition from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

He has studied composition with C. P. First, Peter Westergaard, Amir Zaheri, Jody Rockmaker, James DeMars, and Marvin Johnson as well as conducting with Amir Zaheri. He is an active collaborator with student performers and groups, and has had numerous performances across the US, as well as South America, Europe, and Canada. His work and research primarily involve the influence of nature as well as interdisciplinary collaboration. Most recently, Jacob has been interested in water as a subject and influence in many forms. As a member of ASU's Acoustic Ecology Lab, Jacob is researching desert water ecologies. His fixed media work Subsurface was presented at the 2018 ICMC held in Daegu, South Korea. He has also been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Alfred Schnittke International Composers' Forum and Competition held in Lviv, Ukraine, as well as featured at the 2017 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. In 2018, he composed seep, unwrought in collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum in response to the painting "Desert Rain God" by Louisa McElwain. He has composed for soprano Amy Little, hornist Madelyn Cook, and pianist Luciane Cardassi. Jacob Miller Smith is a member of the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and the International Computer Music Association (ICMA). He hopes to continue composing, conducting, teaching, and collaborating throughout his career.