Curtis Nathaniel Smith is a recent graduate (DM, IU Jacobs School of Music, 2017) and an active concert music composer. 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.)
In June of 2016 Curtis was appointed the executive director of Ivy Tech Community College’s Center for Lifelong Learning. In this capacity he directs and manages all aspects of the college’s enrichment learning initiates–from working with artists and instructors to coordinating with local businesses and nonprofits. During his two years in this capacity he has increased enrollment and revenues to record levels, expanded programming across the board, streamlined and standardized operations, and nearly doubled youth program enrollment.
Other community involvement includes Curtis’s role as the regional music chairman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where he manages musical activities across all church congregations for Monroe and several neighboring counties. In this capacity Curtis has produced and co-artistic directed the 2015, 2016, and 2017 annual Christmas concert–an effort involving over 50 volunteer musicians, dozens of volunteers, over 65 dozen cookies, and over 300 attendees and that many more live stream participants.
Curtis and his wife, Carly, live in Bloomington, Indiana and are the parents of twin (currently 3 1/2 year old) boys.