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Jeffrey Dennis Smith

Jeffrey Dennis Smith

Jeffrey Dennis Smith is a composer, percussionist and conductor focusing primarily on music for the stage. He’s currently a Resident Composer with the EtM Con Edison Composer’s Residency administered by Exploring the Metropolis in New York City. From 2011-2015 he was a Resident Artist with American Lyric Theater where he wrote a one-act opera WHY IS EARTHA KITT TRYING TO KILL ME?: A LOVE STORY with librettist David Johnston.

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He was selected to participate in the 2015 New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, and in 2013 he received a scholarship to study at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris. His musical LIGHTNING MAN was presented as part of the ANT Fest 2011 at Ars Nova and was recently a semi-finalist for the 2015 Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference.

Other recent projects include music for BOWES ACADEMY, a short film by director Greg Emetaz and MinorApocalypse Films, and a commission for the Iowa/Hungary Percussion Project. His piece TIGER DANCE was performed at the 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Convention and was recently released on an album by marimba soloist Scott Herring.  

Jeffrey has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Hampshire Music Festival, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and the performance group Sonic Inertia. He was the first place winner of the 1996 Young Artist Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Jeffrey was a Visiting Guest Artist in percussion at the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2001. He holds degrees from Tisch School of the Arts, Northwestern University and the University of Northern Iowa.  

photo by Francisco Lupini Basagoiti


University of Northern Iowa

50 Year UNI Percussion Reunion featuring the premiere of “A Few Things to Wrap Up,” an ensemble for six percussionists.

Exploring the Metropolis

Monday, June 27 concert at Turtle Bay Music School as part of the EtM Con Edison Composer Residency.

New Music

New projects are in the works.  Stay tuned.