Jan Smith

Director of Flute Choir

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  • Washington University
  • CB 1030
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Jan gives flute lessons for the music department.

Janice Smith is a graduate of Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, with a degree in music education and a performer's certificate in flute. Her teacher was Joseph Mariano. She also attended Tanglewood (MA) Summer Orchestral Session and completed further study with James Pappoutsakis and Doriot Dwyer of the Boston Symphony. After moving to New York with hopes of obtaining an orchestral position, she studied with Julius Baker of the New York Philharmonic. She later gained a position with the Quebec Symphony under Bernard Bernier. A subsequent job was with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Touring Orchestra.

In 1968 Janice auditioned for and won the position of Assistant Principal Flute in the St. Louis Symphony. She participated in many fine recordings and many successful orchestra tours around the world. After 36 years of joyful service, she retired in September 2004.   Since 2005 she has played with the Union Avenue Opera Company in St. Louis.

Janice has been teaching private lessons at Washington University for 25 years. She also conducts the Washington University Flute Choir, which gives a performance each semester. Previous teaching included Fontbonne, Webster, and Missouri Universities. Earlier experiences included teaching in Massachusetts public schools, many years of coaching chamber music, and performing at various summer music camps, where she was also the swimming instructor! Recently Janice has been composing Words Ways to Odd Meters for beginning to intermediate piano students.

As a member of the National Flute Association, she has attended every national convention since 1978 and has been a soloist on three occasions. She played a piccolo solo in 2006, as well as serving as a judge for the Young Artist Piccolo Competition.

Janice has two adult children, Scott Smith, a photographer, and Laurie S. Berger, D.C., and 4 grandchildren.