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."

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Excerpts

Beethoven | Verdi | Debussy | Norman | Bartok

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Portfolio

Conducting
Verdi
Debussy
Beethoven

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

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Portfolio

Conducting
Verdi
Debussy
Beethoven

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
Beethoven
Debussy
Verdi

Speaking
Puccini

Rehearsing
Norman

Programming
SoundWebs
The Listening Lab

Conducting

Complete movement available here.

Complete work available here.

Complete work available here.

Speaking

Rehearsing

Performance footage available here.

Programming

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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Rebecca Smithorn

Conductor

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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