Maggie Smith

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Maggie Smith is the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Leon, where she teaches Prelude and Overture. She received her B.M in Vocal Performance and B.M. in Music Education from the University of Kentucky where she graduated cum laude and studied voice with Dr. Noemi Lugo. In 2018, she graduated with her M.M in Vocal Performance from Florida State University where she served as a Teaching Assistant in one-on-one voice instruction and studied voice with Dr. Chuck Chandler and conducting with Dr. Andre Thomas. Prior to her appointment to Leon High School, she served as the Director of Choral Activities at Elizabeth Cobb Middle School (Tallahassee, FL) for two years and Victory Charter School (Kissimmee, FL) for 1 year.

Along with her engagements in music education, she has maintained an active interest in performing. Most recently, she made her Handel’s Messiah debut as the alto soloist with First Presbyterian Church (Quincy, FL) where she serves as the alto section leader. Other recent solo appearances include the alto soloist for Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, The First Ladies in Bernstein’s A White House Cantata, and the alto soloist for Bach’s St. John’s Passion with Tallahassee Community Chorus.

Her operatic role experience includes Mrs. McLean in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, Madame Flora (The Medium), the Grandmother (Little Red Riding Hood), Old Lady (Candide), 2nd Witch (Dido and Aeneas), the Mother (Hansel and Gretel), and Annina (La Traviata) with FSU Opera, and Tisbe (La Cenerentola) with Bayview Music Festival. With a shared love of musical theatre, she has been seen in the roles of Bloody Mary (South Pacific), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), and Madame Thénardier (Les Misérables) with University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast) with Emerging Artists Studio.

She is the proud recipient of the KY District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement award in 2017 and 2018, the Carlisle Floyd Endowment for Opera in 2016 and 2017. She also received recognition at NATS Mid-South Regional as 1st place in the Junior Women division in 2014, 2nd place in the Senior Women division in 2015, and at NATS Southeast Regional as 2nd place in the Lower Advanced College Women division.

In addition to her love of music education and performing, she is a full-time wellness coach, micro social media influencer, three time full marathoner, Disney fanatic, and proud dog mom!

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