George Mason University
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George Mason University

Glenn Smith


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  • de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A434
    4400 University Drive, MS 3E3
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Glenn Smith is a composer, teacher, performance artist, and sound healer. He has written more than 500 pieces, including choral, chamber and orchestral works, as well as jazz and electronic music for concert, dance, video, film and television. He has taught at the college level for 40 years and given numerous recitals and public performances as a composer and multi-instrumentalist. His music has been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia and includes commissions from ensembles, institutions, and individual artists. He was the first composer-in-residence of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and several of his works are on CD. He earned his BA in bassoon performance and an MA in theory and composition at California State University, Hayward, and received his doctoral degree in composition with distinction from Indiana University. In recent years, Smith has been composing music for healing and therapeutic applications. He directs a new university minor in music and well-being, teaches its core courses, music as a healing art and music and consciousness, and directs Mason’s Healing Arts Ensemble, in which students learn to apply music healing principles in performance. As director of Theory and Composition, he teaches graduate and doctoral level theory courses and maintains a private composition studio.


PhD, Composition, Indiana University, Bloomington (1973)

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Appointment: Tenured

Faculty Rank: Professor

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