Curtis Nathaniel Smith is a recent graduate (DM, IU Jacobs School of Music), concert music composer, 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 is the executive director of Ivy Tech Community College’s Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). In this capacity he stewards all aspects of the college’s enrichment learning initiates–from working with artists and instructors to coordinating with local businesses and nonprofits. In this capacity he has increased enrollment and revenues to record levels, expanded programming across the board, streamlined and standardized operations, nearly doubled youth program enrollment, and launched the CLL’s first online registration system.
Other community involvement includes serving as a board member and arts advocate the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington, volunteering as a member of the Bloomington After School Network, and a recently-concluded three-year appointment as the regional music chairman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Curtis and his wife, Carly, live in Bloomington, Indiana and are the proud parents of twin boys and a new baby girl.