Smith Named Distinguished Professor Emeritus


Carol Smith


Carol Smith, former university administrator and faculty member in the School of Music, was honored Friday by Sam Houston State University's Board of Regents with the title distinguished professor emeritus of music. The following resolution was adopted:

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University in 1994 and the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Texas Christian University in 1971 and 1966, respectively; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith served as a member of the School of Music faculty at Sam Houston State University for 29 years as Professor of Music, 1994-2008; Associate Professor of Music, 1985-1994; and Assistant Professor of Music, 1979-1985; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith taught at the following institutions prior to joining the faculty at Sam Houston State University: Assistant Professor of Music, Southwest Texas State University, 1971-1974; Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, 1971; Teaching/Conducting Assistant, Texas Christian University, 1969-1971; Music Teacher/Conductor (all levels), McAllen ISD (Texas), 1968-1969; and Music Teacher (elementary), Fort Worth ISD (Texas), 1966-1968; and

Whereas, Dr. Smith served Sam Houston State University in many administrative positions including Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1995-1999; Associate Chair of the Department of Music 1980-1989; Founder/Director of the SHSU String Preparatory Program, 1979-1984; Director/Co-Director of the SHSU Orchestra Camps, 1979-2008; and Director of Orchestral Studies, 1979-2008; and

Whereas, Dr. Smith served as Founder/Artistic Director for the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, 1984 -2008; Consultant in Music for the Texas Education Agency, 1974-1979; and Director of Choral Music Studies at Southwest Texas State University, 1971-1974; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith is a member of many professional organizations including the American Bach Society, American Choral Directors Association (Life Member), American String Teachers Association with National School Orchestra Association (National Chapter), American String Teachers Association (Texas Chapter), American String Teachers Association, SHSU Student Chapter - Founder/Advisor, American Symphony Orchestra League, Conductors’ Guild, Inc., International Conductors’ Guild, International Society of Music Education, Music Educators National Conference, Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Orchestra Directors Association; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith is a member of numerous honor societies including Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Music Society, Orpheus Honor Society in Music, Mu Omicron Honor Society in Orchestral Music, Golden Key Scholars Honor Society, Mu Phi Epsilon Honor Society in Music, Tau Beta Sigma (Honorary Membership), Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary Membership), and International Who’s Who in Music; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith studied conducting and the musical arts with some of the most important and most respected professionals in the world including Maestro A. Clyde Roller, Marvin J. Rabin, Maestra Elizabeth A.H. Green, Maestro Leonard Slatkin, Maestro Sir George Solti, Maestro Cornelius Eberhardt, Larry Rachleff, Henry Charles Smith, John Whitwell, Maestro James Dixon, Donald Portnoy, Michael Charry, Otto-Werner Mueller, Maestra Fiora Continuo, Dr. Samuel Applebaum, Maestro Sergi Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Rudolf Serkin, Otto-Werner Mueller, Edvard Melkus, Robert Shaw, Robert Craft, Igor Stravinsky, Dr. Howard, Roger Wagner, and Paul Salumunovich; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith has been invited to guest conduct more than 500 ensembles ranging from professional orchestra to regional and All-State orchestras, nationally and internationally; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith has an impressive research and publishing record encompassing more than 34 papers, articles, and special editions published in state and national trade publications; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith has given presentations and papers at more than 85 state, regional, and national music and music educator events; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith, because of her national reputation, was invited to be an adjudicator at hundreds of regional, state, and national music festivals and competitions; and

Whereas, because of her vision, Dr. Smith has chaired many important department, school, and university committees ranging from faculty search committees to curriculum and special projects committees; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith is recognized as an exceptionally gifted conductor, musician, teacher/educator and, pedagogue; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith has applied for and received more than $300,000 in grants and awards; and

Whereas, through her expertise and knowledge, her uncanny ability to communicate, her fierce dedication and unswerving devotion to music and the arts, Dr. Smith has made significant, enduring, and beneficial contributions; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith is considered the epitome of a professor, a mentor, a citizen and a friend; and

Whereas, Dr. Carol Smith has retired from Sam Houston State University as Professor of Music on August 31, 2008; and

Whereas, through twenty-nine years of dedication and hard work, her accomplishments across the full range of teaching, research, service, leadership, presentation, publication, and civic and community activity while at Sam Houston State University are truly distinguished. In recognition of an academic and artistic career marked by eminence, distinction, and excellence, Sam Houston State University unequivocally recommends Dr. Carol Smith for the designation as Distinguished Professor Emeritus; be it therefore

Resolved, that all elements of Sam Houston State University proffer to Professor Carol Smith their gratitude and esteem; and be it further

Resolved, that Professor Carol Smith be formally designated as Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music at Sam Houston State University and hold that title in perpetuity.


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