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David Smith

Director of Vocal Music

Arkansas City Campus


David Smith - Director of Vocal MusicA native Kansan, Mr. Smith holds degrees from Cowley College (A.A., 1984), Southwest Baptist University (B.S. in Music, 1986), Pittsburg State University (M.S., 1990 and Ed.S., 2009 in higher education; M.M. in choral conducting in progress), and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.C.M. in church music, cum laude, 1997). He has also completed doctoral coursework in music education at the University of Kansas; graduate work in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, studying with Weston Noble, James Jordan, and Simon Carrington; and graduate work in education and psychology from Pittsburg State University and Emporia State University.


He worked at Cowley in the early 90’s as an admissions counselor as well as teaching music part-time at the Mulvane Center. He also taught at Highland Community College in Highland, KS, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, Central Community College in Columbus, NE, Neosho County Community College in Chanute, KS, and Newman University in Wichita, KS. He comes to Cowley from Independence Community College where he served as Dean of Instruction and Chief Academic Officer. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, having served on the board of the Kansas Choral Directors Association and the Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association; the National Association for Music Education; the College Music Society; and the National Association of Scholars.


As a student at Cowley, he was chosen as the Outstanding Freshman Musician, Outstanding Sophomore Musician, and Outstanding Overall Musician. He was also inducted into the Alpha Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, serving as chapter president in 1983-84. At Southwest Baptist University he was chosen as a University Scholar (1985) and as Outstanding Music Graduate (1986). He was the graduate choral assistant at Pittsburg State University in 1986-87. He was a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Kansas, along with serving as assistant conductor of the KU Concert Choir in 1999. In 2006, while teaching at Neosho County, he was awarded the NISOD Award of Excellence.


He has performed as a tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  As a conductor he has performed such works as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata.  He has been the musical director for productions such as Annie, Get Your Gun; The Wizard of Oz; Godspell, The Fantasticks; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (as well as starring the title role at the same time!); Annie; Once Upon a Mattress, Sister Amnesia's Country Western Nunsense Jamboree; and Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical.


Office : Brown Center, Room 218
Phone: 620.441.5288