The concert will be conducted by Matthew J. Smith as part of the requirements for his masters degree in conducting from WVU . In addition to the Wind Symphony, Smith will conduct guest ensembles, the University Choir and the WVU Horn Choir.
The program will feature the overture toThe Marriage of Figaroby Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Smiths arrangement ofO Magnum Mysteriumby Morten Lauridsen;Divertimento for Brass and Percussionby Karel Husa;Pageantby Vincent Persichetti;Sleepby Eric Whitacre; and theHallelujahchorus fromThe Messiahby George Frideric Handel.
Smith is the son of Earl and Ida Smith of Roswell, Ga. He is currently serving in his second year as graduate assistant for the WVU bands in the Division of Music .
He earned his bachelors degree in music education in 2004 from the University of Dayton, where he served as director of the Womens Basketball Pep Band in 2003, field commander of the Pride of Dayton Marching Band from 2003-03 and assistant conductor with the New Horizons Concert and Jazz Ensembles.
Most recently, he served as the director of bands at Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic High School from 2004-07.