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Claude T. Smith Collection


Claude T. Smith Collection
Smith, Claude Thomas
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31.00 Linear Feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator:

Claude Thomas Smith was an American educator, conductor, and composer born in Missouri in 1932. A prolific composer, Smith completed over 110 compositions for band, twelve orchestral works, and fifteen choral pieces. His compositions include the works Emperata Overture which was featured at the 1964 Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic; Eternal Father Strong to Save which was commissioned in 1975 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Band and premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C; and Flight which was adopted as the "official march" of the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum. Smith worked as an instrumental music educator in Nebraska and Missouri until 1976, developing during that time a pedagogical system that was later codified in his band method books, and from 1976-1978 was a professor at Southwest Missouri State University. Upon leaving the University in 1978, Smith's focus became primarily on composing, which he continued until his death in 1987. The collection, part of the ABA Research Center, contains manuscript condensed and full scores, editing/correction scores, and published scores written throughout Smith's career. All scores are arranged alphabetically by composition title. The bulk of these manuscripts are editing/correction scores that document the final stages of Smith's creative process.

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Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment:


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