Artistic Director & Conductor Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith has conducted various choral and instrumental ensembles over the years. With the Sylvan Chorale he has conducted the Requiem by John Rutter in our inaugural year, then Haydn's Creation in 2014, the Mozart Requiem in 2015, "Rejoicing in the Spring!" which included the Schubert Mass No. 2 in G Major in 2016 and in 2017, our Fifth Anniversary Spring Concerts. In addition, Joseph created our special Christmas productions of "A Harrisburg Christmas" which have been presented in 2015 and 2016, composing a special song for us by that same title. He is currently at work on the 2017 Christmas production.
Joseph has sung and recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Chorus, including the 2012 Grammy Award winning Verdi's Requiem, on the CSO's own "Resound" label under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti. Joseph was a charter member of the Chicago Symphony Singers and has sung in other small ensembles with the CSO. He has sung as chorister in several operas with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has performed extensively as an operatic Bass-baritone in Opera, Musical Theater and Oratorio, most recently in his recurring engagement as the bass soloist in annual performances of Handel's Messiah with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. His many operatic and musical theatre roles with various companies include "Valentin" in Gounod's Faust, "Don Alfonso" in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, "Marcello" in Puccini's La Boheme, and the title role in Capitol Opera Harrisburg's production of Rigoletto. Joseph performed the role of "Germont" in the Capitol Opera production of La Traviata in Raleigh in June, 2015, in Harrisburg in June, 2016, and California in July, 2016. He performed the role of "Marcello" in Capitol Opera Harrisburg's production of La Boheme in June 2017.
Joseph is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.
Joseph studied instrumental conducting under Dr. Paul Wiens and choral conducting under Dr. Mary Hopper.