"Sharp, distinct,and vibrant."

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Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

Photos + Bio

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The dropbox folder below contains photos, headshots, and bios of varying lengths. Please use what fits your needs. If you have questions or need something more specific, please contact me at rebeccasmithorn (at) gmail.com.

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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 and Cover Conductor and Lecturer of the National Philharmonic. In 2021, Rebecca will conduct her second masterworks performance with BCO and be a Conducting Fellow with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music under Music Director Cristian Măcelaru.

She has conducted in master classes with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Moravian Philharmonic, and others, under faculty including Gerard Schwarz, Gustav Meier, Leon Fleisher, Johannes Schlaefli, Atso Almila, Larry Rachleff, Neil Varon, Donald Schleicher, Henry Fogel, and others, and has been a finalist for fellowships with New World Symphony, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Royal Opera House - Covent Garden, and she has been nominated for the Conductor's Guild Thelma A. Robinson Award for promising young conductors.

She was the creator, curator, and conductor of SoundWebs, a series of concerts with concert:nova and Cincinnati Camerata in sonically rich urban spaces - including the Court & Walnut Parking Garage and the Purple People Bridge - with standard repertoire and newly commissioned works. With Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, she has created The Listening Lab, an educational residency and concert program described as "interesting and ingenious" and selected for the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Cohort. A first-generation college graduate, she is committed to access in education and has served as a teaching artist with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids, MyCincinnati, and the Peaslee Neighborhood Center.

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 and was a recipient of the Peabody Dean’s Incentive Grant. She lives with her wife, oboist Jessica Smithorn, in Cincinnati, Ohio

Contact

rebeccasmithorn (at) gmail.com

For press kit, click here.

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Portfolio

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Portfolio

Conducting
Rimsky-Korsakov
Verdi
Beethoven
Tchaikovsky

Programming
SoundWebs
The Listening Lab

Speaking
Beethoven

Conducting

Programming

Speaking

Contact

rebeccasmithorn (at) gmail.com

Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

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"Sharp, distinct,and vibrant."

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Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

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"Sharp, distinct,and vibrant."

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Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

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"Sharp, distinct,and vibrant."

Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

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"Sharp, distinct,and vibrant."

Portfolio

Conducting
Rimsky-Korsakov
Verdi
Beethoven
Tchaikovsky

Programming
SoundWebs
The Listening Lab

Speaking
Beethoven

Conducting

Programming

Speaking

Contact

rebeccasmithorn (at) gmail.com

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Portfolio Review

First, please accept a BIG thank you for taking the time to review my materials.

On these pages, there's mockup of my video portfolio, a sample cover letter and resume, and space for you to offer feedback. Feel free to offer comments in whatever way you'd like, on as many or few of these items as you'd like.

The most helpful feedback you can offer is whatever strikes you most strongly. Feedback about the core work - conducting, musicianship - is always helpful.

Equally helpful here is feedback about the nuts and bolts of the materials. For example:

Do the 'non-standard' videos - contemporary rep, talks, promo videos, "excerpt" video - strengthen the portfolio or detract from it?Do you wish any of the videos were longer or shorter?How do the cover letter and resume read to you?

These are just prompts if you need them - comment on what strikes you.

It goes without saying, but be honest! If there's something you see (or don't see) that bugs you or raises a question, it's more helpful said than unsaid. And keep in mind, I am primarily applying for professional jobs, as I don't have a DMA for academic work.

Feel free to email me your comments, text, or call, or it's always nice to meet up for coffee/beer/milkshakes and a chat. I'm also including a simple form on the "Your Feedback" page. Thanks again - I really appreciate your time and attention.

rebeccasmithorn@gmail.com
314-614-2715

Your Feedback

Feel free to email me your comments, text, call, or use this form. And I bet you're a fun person to have lunch with, so if you want to get together, I'm game.

Thanks again.

rebeccasmithorn@gmail.com
314-614-2715

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Sample Portfolio

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"Sharp, distinct,and vibrant."

Excerpts

Beethoven | Verdi | Debussy | Norman | Bartok

Portfolio

Conducting
Verdi
Debussy
Beethoven
Norman

Rehearsing
Norman

Speaking
Puccini

Programming
SoundWebs
The Listening Lab

Conducting

Rehearsing

Speaking

Programming

Sample Cover Letter + Resume