Laurence Smith

Instructor of Music Theory and Accompanist, Interlochen Arts Academy


M.M., B.M., University of Michigan; Interlochen Arts Academy graduate

An alumnus of both Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp, Laurence Smith is an accompanist and Instructor of Music Theory at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Smith studied voice, organ, and harp throughout high school and college. His graduate studies included work with choral conductors Paul Christensen and Stephen Cleobury. He was a member and soloist with church, semi-professional, and professional vocal ensembles in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Prior to a full-time appointment at the Academy in the fall of 1999, Mr. Smith served in several part-time capacities at the Academy including accompanist, guest instructor of organ and conductor of the Academy Chamber Singers. He served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp as Instructor of Organ and Conductor of High School Choirs for 26 summers.

Outside of Interlochen, Smith served as the Director of Music and Church Administration of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City from 1980 to 1999. He also served as a vocal and choral consultant to the Northwest Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Church of America, and as coach and accompanist for many professional musicians in the Grand Traverse area.