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 Director of Professional Development for the American String Teachers Association.

Dr. Williams has served our string education community in public education, higher education, and in the string studio for over 20 years. Her presentations and research have been accepted or presented at international, national, and regional conferences and symposia including: International Society for Music Education World Conference, NAfME: Biennial Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, NAfME: Society for Music Teacher Education, NAfME: National In-Service Conference, American String Teachers Association, the Ohio State String Teacher Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors (Headliner Clinician – 2019), Montana Music Educators Association (Headliner Clinician – 2021), Florida Music Educators Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, New Mexico Music Educators Association, and Kansas Music Educators Association. Her research interests include: music teacher education, community music, and music teacher recruitment. She is published in Journal of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, American String Teacher, SmartMusic, and in volume 4 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra.

Dr. Williams greatly enjoys working with music ensembles of all ages. Conducting and clinician engagements have included: youth, regional, and all-city ensembles in Alaska, Kansas, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada, New York and Texas; including an invited performance at The Midwest Clinic in 2010. She is the co-founder and conductor of the Lubbock Civic Orchestra and an active adjudicator and clinician including school, state, and national events.

Originally from Newton, KS, Dr. Williams currently resides in Lubbock, TX with her partner, Matthew, who is an elementary school administrator and their pets, Byron and Slate.