Conductors

Dr. Ryan Smith

Dr. Ryan S. Smith (DMA, Texas Tech University, MM & BME, Stephen F. Austin State University) serves as the Director of Bands for Frenship High School and Fine Arts Coordinator for the Frenship Independent School District. While in Lubbock, Dr. Smith helped found the Lubbock Civic Orchestra where he currently serves as co-conductor. Prior to his position with FISD, Dr. Smith was Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Lubbock Christian University where he taught courses within the music education curriculum, conducting the Symphonic Band, Big Blue Basketball Band, and administered all facets of the LCU band program.

Dr. Smith holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from Texas Tech University. He holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University with Texas State Board of Education Certification in All-Level Music.

Dr. Smith has proudly served on the faculty of Texas Tech University as Assistant Director of Bands assisting with the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and conducting the Concert Band. Prior to his appointment at LCU, he served on the faculty of Lamar University as Director of Athletic Bands and Instructor of Music. During his time at Lamar, Dr. Smith directed the “Showcase of Southeast Texas” marching band, LU Pep Band, and taught courses in music theory, music education, and instruction of the tuba/euphonium studio. Dr. Smith’s previous public school experience includes teaching at the high school and junior high level in Klein, Katy, and Nacogdoches, Texas. His ensembles have performed at state and regional venues, and he maintains an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator. He has help memberships with TMEA, TBA, CBDNA, NAfME, and Phi Beta Mu – International Bandmasters’ Fraternity.

Dr. Blair Williams

Dr. Blair A. Williams (PhD, The Ohio State University, MM, Kansas State University, BME, Baylor University) is an Associate Professor of Music Education (strings) in the School of Music at Texas Tech University. Her duties at Texas Tech include advising graduate dissertations and theses, supervising string/orchestra student teachers, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and conducting, and directing the national award-winning Texas Tech University String Project.

During the summers, Dr. Williams is active with the TTU Summer Masters of Music Education program and the TTU Band and Orchestra Camps.

Additionally, she serves on the editorial board for American String Teacher, as Chair for the ASTA National Conference Committee, as Member-At-Large on the National String Project Consortium Executive Board, as Co-Facilitator for the Teacher Recruitment ASPA for the Society of Music Teacher Educators, as the TMEA Region 16 College Chair, as Student Chapter Chair for TexASTA, and as an advisor to the Epsilon Pi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon and the TTU Student Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Conducting and clinician engagements have included: youth, regional, and all-city ensembles in Alaska, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, and Oregon; Graduate Conductor/Section Coach-Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, Chamber Strings; Graduate Conductor-Kansas State Orchestra; Assistant Director/Administrator of the Gold Orchestra (Manhattan, KS) including an invited performance at The Midwest Clinic in 2010; and Associate Director/String Coordinator of the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She is the co-creator and conductor of the Lubbock Civic Orchestra and an active adjudicator and clinician including school, state, and national events.

After earning her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor, Dr. Williams served as Director and Associate Director of Orchestras in Midway ISD, Waco, TX teaching grades 5-12. While teaching in Texas, Dr. Williams’ ensembles (string and full) consistently received superior ratings and sweepstakes awards at UIL Solo and Ensemble, UIL Large Group Contest, and other festivals. In 2009, she founded the Midway High School chapter of Texas Future Music Educators with 20 students. Dr. Williams greatly enjoys working with public school students as a guest adjudicator, clinician, and conductor.

She is a member of ISME, ASTA, NAfME, TMEA, Pi Kappa Lambda, CMS, and Mu Phi Epsilon.