Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

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"Sharp, distinct, and vibrant."

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About

“The music sounded sharp, distinct, and vibrant.”


“The joy of the music shaped her conducting.”


Der Südkurier

Rebecca Smithorn is the Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Cover Conductor and Lecturer of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Artistic Director of Ensemble 4-33.


She is the creator, curator, and conductor of SoundWebs, a concert series that explores wordless music, ambient sounds, and the ways they intersect.

With the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, she has created The Listening Lab, an educational residency and concert program described as "interesting and ingenious" and selected for inclusion in the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Cohort.

With Ensemble 4-33, she has conducted, performed, and reconstructed works by Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, John Cage, Bill Drummond, Earle Brown, Joanna Bailie, and others.

She has been a finalist for fellowships with the New World Symphony, the Chautauqua Institute, and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and she was nominated for the Conductor's Guild Thelma A. Robinson Award for promising young conductors.

A first-generation college graduate, she is committed to music education without barriers. She teaches at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center and has been a teaching artist with MyCincinnati and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids.

Rebecca completed graduate studies in orchestral conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Mark Gibson, and the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Marin Alsop and Markand Thakar.

Contact

rebeccasmithorn (at) gmail.com

Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

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"Sharp, distinct, and vibrant."

.

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Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

"Sharp, distinct, and vibrant."

Excerpts

Beethoven | Verdi | Debussy | Norman | Bartok

Portfolio

Conducting
Verdi
Debussy
Beethoven

Speaking
Puccini

Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

"Sharp, distinct, and vibrant."

.

Excerpts

Beethoven | Verdi | Debussy | Norman | Bartok

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Portfolio

Conducting
Verdi
Debussy
Beethoven
Norman
Bartok

Speaking
Puccini

Rehearsing
Norman

Programming
SoundWebs
The Listening Lab

Conducting

Speaking

Rehearsing

Programming

Contact

rebeccasmithorn (at) gmail.com

Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

"Sharp, distinct, and vibrant."

.

Excerpts

Beethoven | Verdi | Debussy | Norman | Bartok

.

Portfolio

Conducting
Verdi
Debussy
Beethoven
Norman
Bartok

Speaking
Puccini

Rehearsing
Norman

Programming
SoundWebs
The Listening Lab

Conducting

Complete work available here.

Complete work available here.

Complete movement available here.

Speaking

Rehearsing

Programming

Contact

rebeccasmithorn (at) gmail.com

Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

"Sharp, distinct, and vibrant."

.

Excerpts

Beethoven | Verdi | Debussy | Norman | Bartok

.

Portfolio

Conducting
Verdi
Debussy
Beethoven
Norman
Bartok

Speaking
Puccini

Programming
SoundWebs
The Listening Lab

Conducting

Speaking

Programming

Contact

rebeccasmithorn (at) gmail.com

Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

"Sharp, distinct, and vibrant."

.

Excerpts

Beethoven | Verdi | Debussy | Norman | Bartok

.

Portfolio

Conducting
Verdi
Debussy
Beethoven
Norman
Bartok

Speaking
Puccini

Rehearsing
Norman

Programming
SoundWebs
The Listening Lab

Conducting

Complete work available here.

Complete work available here.

Complete movement available here.

Speaking

Rehearsing

Programming

Contact

rebeccasmithorn (at) gmail.com

Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

"Sharp, distinct, and vibrant."

.

Excerpts

Beethoven | Verdi | Debussy | Norman | Bartok

.

Portfolio

Conducting
Verdi
Debussy
Beethoven
Norman
Bartok

Speaking
Puccini

Programming
SoundWebs
The Listening Lab

Conducting

Complete work available here.

Complete work available here.

Complete movement available here.

Speaking

Programming

Contact

rebeccasmithorn (at) gmail.com

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Portfolio Review

Many, many thanks for taking the time to review my materials. Below is a mockup of my video portfolio, and underneath that is a sample cover letter and resume. Feel free to offer feedback in whatever way you'd like, on as many or few of these items as you'd like.

Your perspective and priorities are different from mine, so the most helpful feedback you can offer is whatever strikes you most strongly.
But if you do need some guidance on what kind of comments might be helpful, here are some things that I think about when compiling materials:

  • The only videos that are always required for an application are concert-hall, standard repertoire samples. I've included quite a few additional items, both in my performance videos - contemporary rep, an education concert - and non-performance videos - a talk, a rehearsal, some promo videos. Which, if any, strengthen the portfolio, and which, if any, detract from it?

  • Similarly, I've cut an 'excerpt' video at the top in case you want a quick overview of my work. Is this helpful, or would you rather skip straight to the full portfolio?

  • Do you wish any of the videos were longer? Are there any distracting moments - an error/issue/problem - that should be cut? Any clips that should start 15 seconds later than they do?

  • How do you feel about the length of the cover letter and resume? Is the language and content clear?

(I'm always happy to get feedback about my actual conducting as well. I focus on editing and arranging clips in this context because I can't go back in time and tweak my recorded self - I wish!)

Again, these are just prompts if you need them, not required essay questions.

Feel free to email me your comments - rebeccasmithorn@gmail.com - set up a time for a call/chat, or I'm including a simple form at the bottom of the page if you'd rather offer feedback that way. Thanks again - I really appreciate your time and attention!

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Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

.

"Sharp, distinct, and vibrant."

Excerpts

Beethoven | Verdi | Debussy | Norman | Bartok

Portfolio

Conducting
Verdi
Debussy
Beethoven
Norman
Bartok

Rehearsing
Norman

Speaking
Puccini

Programming
SoundWebs
The Listening Lab

Conducting

Rehearsing

Speaking

Programming

Sample Cover Letter + Resume

Your Two Cents

Feel free to email me your comments - rebeccasmithorn@gmail.com - set up a time for a call/chat, or use this form. Thanks again!