Instructor

Scott Zane Smith has been active in the School of Music for 17 years in many areas.  As an instructor, he is teaching or has taught Music Appreciation, Group Voice and Acting, Private Voice, Jazz and Show Choir Methods, Theory and Composition and all sections of Class piano. Professor Smith also assists local high school musical theatre programs by assigning music education students to observe and participate in the production of a school’s spring musical.  He has on occasion supervised student teachers.  As an accompanist, Professor Smith has accompanied in the flute, violin, oboe, and voice studios and also accompanied in musical theatre performance classes in the School of Theatre.  As an adjudicator, Professor Smith judges for events sponsored by Virginia Choral Directors Association (VCDA), Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA), and the Virginia Bland Competitions.  He also actively adjudicates show choir festivals in the Mid-Atlantic. As a clinician, he has served as guest conductor for county and district choruses throughout Virginia and has been a guest clinician at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) Summer Arts Program; conducting and choreographing.

Professor Smith has also served on the faculty at Shenandoah University, Lynchburg College, and Mary Baldwin College and is currently the artistic director of The Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley (masterworkschorus.net) located in Woodstock, VA. He received an undergraduate degree in music education from James Madison University, a master’s degree in Piano Accompanying from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University and has completed 100 Post Masters credits from Shenandoah University and James Madison University acquiring certification in the College Student Personnel Administration program (CSPA). Professor Smith previously taught in Rockingham County Public Schools and was named to Who’s Who among Teachers, and Who’s Who among Americans. He is also the Minister of Music at Linville Creek Church of the Brethren in Broadway, VA and resides with his cat, Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Voice Professors and Instructors

Don Rierson

Don Rierson
Associate Professor, Director of Opera and Music Theatre
riersodg@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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