Joseph D. Smith is currently the Orchestra Director for the Bowie High School Orchestra program. Prior to joining Bowie High School, Mr. Smith was the Assistant Orchestra Director with LBJ High School in Austin, TX from 2018-2019, where he helped obtain sweepstakes with all participating full and string orchestras in their respective UIL Contest performances. As an educator, Mr. Smith has taught privately for over 20 years and has been on faculty with the in-school chamber music programs for both Austin Chamber Music Center and Chamber Music in Public Schools. He has also performed in various community engagement projects with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, including free public library concerts, Children’s Day Art Park Concerts, and the Building Blocks elementary music education program.
As a performer, Joseph D. Smith is the Concertmaster of the Austin Opera Orchestra and a violinist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Key West Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, the New World Symphony, and served as Principal Second Violin with the National Repertory Orchestra, where he also performed as a concert soloist. In alternative styles, Joseph has recorded with such artists as Christopher Cross, Kat Edmonson, and Okkervile River, in addition to touring with numerous other ensembles including the Austin Eurythmy Ensemble and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Some of his greatest influences are conductors Andrew Litton and JoAnn Falletta, violinist Andres Cardenes, and the members of the Miro Quartet.