Caroline B. Smith
Mezzo-soprano; Voice Area Coordinator
Caroline Bradley Smith, mezzo-soprano and professor of music, has extensive operatic, solo and chamber music experience. An active recitalist, master class clinician and adjudicator (NATS, MTNA, Classical Singer National Competition, ISSMA and Prelude Competition), she has frequently performed with concert organist, Larry Smith, throughout the United States. Ms. Smith has performed on and recorded for NPR as well as PBS.
Most recently, highlighted solo performances have included Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Brahms's Neue Liebeslieder Walzer (Op.6), Chen Yi’s Meditation, Schumann’s Spanische Liebes-Lieder, Fauré's Requiem, George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children, Debussy's La Damoiselle Élue, Tania León's Oh Yemanja, Augusta Reed Thomas' Bubble: Spirit Level and the Midwest Première of Robert Kapilow's Green Eggs and Ham. While having performed with many regional opera companies and ensembles throughout the south and midwest (leading roles in The Medium, La bohème, Così fan tutte, The Old Maid and the Thief, Hansel and Gretel, La Perichole, Falstaff), Ms. Smith's current focus has shifted to that of chamber soloist, recitalist, clinician, and collaborator. Her current CD project is in collaboration with Carla Edwards, DePauw University Distinguished Professor of Organ. She recently has given Master Classes and workshops at Interlochen Arts Academy, in Arizona, Wisconsin, Indiana, and for such organizations as NATS, The Classical Singer National Convention, AGO, etc.
She received a Master of Music Degree in vocal/opera performance from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music Degree in vocal performance from Converse College. Professor Smith's major teachers have included Virginia MacWatters, Seth McCoy, Pauline Thesmacher, Eugene Talley-Schmitt and Jane Frazier Rolandi. Her students have won and placed in many national, regional and state competitions and have been awarded scholarships to major music schools including New England Conservatory, The Peabody Conservatory, Indiana University, Florida State University, The Eastman School of Music, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, and The Cleveland Institute of Music.
In Spring 2008, she was elected to serve for a second two-year term as the Great Lakes Regional Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) after previously serving for two years as the District Governor (Indiana) and three years as the Indiana NATS President .She also serves as Director for Vocal Arts at DePauw, a high school summer camp for vocalists and the Vocal Area Coordinator at DePauw University. She has taught at Indiana University-Bloomington (Visiting Professor of Voice) and Wabash College where she began the first solo voice training program in the school's history. Professor Smith recently was named the Cassel Grubb University Professor, an honor she assumed after completion of being named a DePauw University Distinguished Professor for 2006-2008, which she assumed after the completion of the Martha C. Rieth Faculty Fellowship that previously she had been awarded for 2004 -2007. Appointed 1993.