Curtis Nathaniel Smith is a recent graduate (DM, IU Jacobs School of Music), concert music composer, program director, and arts administrator. His most recent work for symphony orchestra, E Pluribus, is a portrait of democracy whose orchestration “takes on a mythic and mystic nature that unfolds in intertwining fashion.” His music encompasses an amalgamation of styles ranging from rock to contemporary art music and has been described as scientific, explorative, lyrical, energetic, whimsical, and elegant. Other recent projects include Helix7, for percussion quartet, Hedron, for large chamber ensemble, “Kepang” (Braid) for carillon & gamelan, and “3:43.13,” a string quartet based on the mile world record (see video for a stopwatch-synchronized, live performance.)
Along with composing, Curtis was recently appointed the director of boundaryless@NAU, Northern Arizona University’s innovation and entrepreneurship center. In this capacity Curtis coordinates with all colleges and offices across the university to build vibrant programming and extracurricular activities that enhance the NAU student experience. He also develops curriculum, including the NAU certificate in Innovation & Problem Solving, and teaches classes in innovation, design thinking, and other creative strategies.
Other community involvement includes board service, arts advocacy, and service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Curtis and his wife, Carly, live in Flagstaff, Arizona, and are the proud parents of twin boys and a new baby girl.