James Brian Smith

Director of Music

Email: jsmith(at)northfielducc.org

James Brian Smith began his formal music training on the piano at the age of eight. By age eleven, James held his first position as church organist. While in high school, he studied organ and performed through the Duquesne University Extension Training program in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1990 with degrees in Church Music & Organ, Music Education and Organ Performance. He was awarded the William H. Barnes Graduate Scholarship and won the concerto competition, performing the Poulenc Organ Concerto with the University Orchestra.

From 1988-2001, Smith was the Director of Music at Saint Wenceslaus Parish in Chicago, where he founded and directed a professional music staff consisting of cantors, the Schola Gregoriana, Cantores In Ecclesia as well as instrumentalists. In addition, Smith also founded a concert series at the church, presenting artists such as the choirs of King's College, Cambridge; Christ Church, Oxford; The Anonymous 4 and many American Choirs.

Since 1990, Smith teaches music in the Evanston Public Schools and directs a children's choir of 80+ voices. In 1997 Smith was the founding Artistic Director of the Chicago Boy Choir. During his decade long tenure, the Chicago Boy Choir made several recordings, toured locally and nationally and engaged on a concert tour of England with ten concerts in fourteen days. From 2001-2004, Smith was an assistant organist at Holy name Cathedral, Chicago. From 2003-2008, Smith was the Director of Music/Organist at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Techny. He has concertized extensively in the Chicagoland area, Pittsburgh area and in New England. Smith has also served on the board of the North Shore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.