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Jane Luther Smith,
Instructor of Music
Jane Luther Smith received the Licentiate Performer’s Diploma in Piano (L.R.A.M.) from the Royal Academy of Music, London, England. Her work with first generation Matthay students includes extensive study with Denise Lassimonne in England and additional work with Frank Mannheimer in the United States. She earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees (cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) in piano performance and the post-graduate Performer’s Certificate in piano from the University of South Carolina where her teachers included W. John Williams and John Kenneth Adams. Miss Smith was also a student of the late Elizabeth Newell at Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina.
Her experience as a performer in the United States has been varied including appearances in California, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. She has also performed in England, Canada, and Eastern Europe. In June of 2012 she performed a lecture/recital on the music of Robert Schumann at the Fourth World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia where she was the only pianist representing South Carolina and was one of just twenty specially invited pianists from the United States who participated in the conference with more than one hundred international pianists. The conference was held at the Isidor Bajic Music School.
As an avid promoter of historic architectural preservation, Miss Smith has been a featured piano soloist in several concerts with the string orchestra from the Charleston Symphony performing the Bach F minor Concerto benefitting two of South Carolina’s landmarks – the Church of the Holy Cross, Stateburg, SC and the Bishopville, SC Opera House. Her music history research includes a special interest in American music of the 1920’s “Jazz Age”. In June of 2012 Miss Smith presented a lecture/recital in the Legacy Theater at Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia featuring the music of African-American jazz composer/pianist, Art Tatum.
A past first prize winner of the prestigious Clara Wells Piano Competition and recipient of a Chattanooga Cotton Ball Fellowship for Advanced study in Music, Miss Smith has been a featured performer on the South Carolina Educational TV and Radio networks. She has recorded two CD’s of classical piano music and received the “Woman of Achievement Award” in the area of Fine Arts presented by the South Carolina YWCA of the Upper Lowlands, Inc.
In addition to her demand as a solo recitalist, she is a full time music faculty member of the University of South Carolina Sumter. Jane Luther Smith is listed on the South Carolina Arts Commission Approved Performing Artist Roster. She is owner of Jane Luther Smith Piano Studios in Sumter, SC and is organist for the historic Church of the Ascension (Episcopal), Hagood, SC.