Leslee Smucker, Artistic Director, violin
Violinist Leslee Smucker, is an active performer, collaborator, artist, and teacher. Her interest in the combination of arts impacted the creation of many inter-art projects, including Fantaisies en Spirale, which was performed at Association Philomuses in Paris. Her program Personae, based on the unknown music of the poet Ezra Pound, was premiered at the 37th Annual Meeting of the T.S. Eliot Society at the Auditorium Teatro della Clarisse in Rapallo, Italy. Her subsequent album--also entitled Personae--was released on the label Gega New in April of 2017 and Naxos Direct on August 4, 2017. Of Personae, David Saemann of "Fanfare" magazine writes, "Smucker’s Personae represents its own world, seducing the listener into its sources of contemplation and reverie." Colin Clarke of "Fanfare" writes, "...[Smucker's] imagination seems to know no bounds..." and "Leslee Smucker is a fearless violinist...It is as if solo violin is her natural mode of expression, free to express herself in a multitude of ways, to reveal interconnections or to juxtapose pieces in the most stimulating of manners." Dr Smucker has several academic pursuits including an upcoming publication in the Ezra Pound Edinburgh Companion to the Arts. She was one of 20 fellows in the debut performance of the Barnes Ensemble at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia with conductor Robert Whalen, co-artistic director Katherine Skovira, and Artists-in-residence JACK Quartet. In Spring of 2018, she will be Visiting Violin Faculty at the University of South Florida. Leslee holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of Colorado Boulder, two master’s degrees (performance and chamber music) from the University of South Florida, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in music and a minor in art from Goshen College.