Dr. CHRISTOPHER SMITH, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music History and Literature

Texas Tech University School of Music

(o) 806/742-2270 x249; (h) 806/749-9569

christopher.smith@ttu.edu


EDUCATION

2000

Ph.D., Musicology (Indiana University, with high distinction)

Dissertation: I Can Show It to You Better Than I Can Explain It to You: Cuing in African American Improvisational Music. Advisor: Dr J. Peter Burkholder

    ·1 Minor: Ethnomusicology

    ·2 Primary specializations: American music (all periods), jazz, African-American, Celtic, and other vernacular musics

    ·3 Secondary specializations: indigenous musics of the world; 20th Century European art music; medieval and Baroque performance practice

   

1992

Master of Music, Jazz (Indiana University, Magna cum Laude)

    ·1 Specializations: musics of the African Diaspora, Africa, Near East, and North Europe

   

1987

Bachelor of Arts, Music (University of Massachusetts at Boston, Summa cum Laude)

TEACHING

2000-

present

Assistant/Associate Professor of Music History and Literature

Texas Tech University School of Music (Lubbock, TX)

New courses created include:

    ·2000 Undergraduate history review (MUHL2301-2302)

    ·2001 Undergraduate history review (MUHL2301-2302-2303)

    ·2002 Undergraduate College Academic Research Skills course (MUSI1200)

    ·2003 Interdisciplinary Fine Arts course (VPAH3301 Critical Issues in Culture and the Arts)

    ·2004 Graduate seminars (MUHL5300-level) on Medieval Music, 20th Century Music, American Music, Duke Ellington, World Music, Ethnomusicology, African Diaspora, American Music and Radical Politics

    ·2005 Honors course (HONS3304): "Music, Folklore and Traditional Culture in Irish History"

   

2006-present

Director, Caprock Celtic Fall Festival and Harvest Dance

    ·2 ?

   

2006

Honors College guest faculty

    ·1 Music, Folklore, and Traditional Culture in Irish History (HONS3304); this course includes a 2-week field trip to the West of Ireland in May 06.

   

2004-present

Supervising faculty member

    ·1 MUBA Traditional Music students

   

2004-

present

Studio jazz guitar

    ·2006 Serving as leave replacement for guitar studio

   

1998-present

Founding faculty member

Zoukfest (the only music workshop for Irish bouzouki; Taos, NM)

Courses designed include:

    ·2007 Fundamentals of an Aural Tradition

    ·2008 Celtic Backup for All Instrumentalists

    ·2009 Surviving the Session

   

2001-present

Founder and Director

Irish Session Workshops, arts-education and -advocacy consultancy

   

2000-

2004

Founding Faculty member

Altramar’s Medieval Week (Taos, NM)

    ·2010 Crossing the Bridge: Where Medieval and Celtic Musics Meet

1995-2000

Lecturer

Indiana University School of Music (Bloomington, IN)

Courses designed for general undergraduate population include:

    ·2011 The Live Musical Performance

    ·2012 Masterpieces of Western Music

    ·2013 Popular Musics of the Non-Western World

   

1987-1990

Tutor, University of Massachusetts at Boston Music Department (Boston, MA)

    ·2014 Duties in coaching ensembles, tutoring theory and aural skills

   

1980-1984

Instructor, Guitar Workshop of Boston (Boston, MA)

Courses included:

    ·2015 Ear-training, jazz improvisation, traditional Irish music

RESEARCH/CREATIVE ACTIVITY: PUBLICATIONS

Books

2007

As yet-untitled project on Celtic- African musical synthesis before the Civil War (invited proposal under development for University of North Texas Press)

   

2007

The Wheels of the World: The Untold Story of American Music and American Radical Politics (invited proposal submitted to Oxford University Press)

   

2007

Séamus Ennis, Traditional Music, and Irish Cultural History (invited proposal for JMI Publications, Ireland)

   

2005

Irish Session Tunes by Ear (Mel Bay Publications; forthcoming)

   

2000

Celtic Backup for All Instrumentalists (Pacific, MO: Mel Bay Publications)

   

1999

"‘I can show it to you better than I can explain it to you’: Analyzing procedural cues in African-American musical improvisations (James Brown, Miles Davis, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Big Bill Broonzy, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti)". Ph.D. dissertation (Musicology), Indiana University Bloomington.

Articles and Book Chapters

2006

"Reclaiming the Commons One Tune at a Time: Teaching Irish Traditional Music as Culture and Community." Scheduled for publication in New Hibernia Review (Fall 2006).

   

2006

"Ethnomusicology in Oils: Irish-Americans, African-Americans, and the Ethnographic Paintings of William Sidney Mount." Submitted by invitation to Music in Art (Fall 2007 publication anticipated).

   

2006

"‘Between Green Hedges and Ditches:’ Narrative, Allusion, and Musicality in a Folk-Recitation by Séamus Ennis." Submitted by invitation to the Journal of Indiana Folklore (Fall 2007).

   

2005

"Trusting the Tradition: The Meaning of the Irish Session Workshop". In Proceedings of the VIIth International Symposium on Cultural Diversity in Music Education: The Local and the Global (Brisbane, Australia).

   

2005

"Gaelic and Continental Musical Interaction in Early Modern Ireland." Accepted for publication in The Renaissance in Ireland (Four Courts, forthcoming).

   

2005

"Cinematic Constructions of Irish Musical Identity." Accepted for publication in Popular Culture and Postmodern Ireland (Blackrock, forthcoming).

   

2005

"Jazz Processes: Nicholas Gebhardt’s Going for Jazz and David Ake’s Jazz Cultures" (review). Journal of the American Musicological Society (Summer 2005).

   

2005

"Music in Atlantic Canada" and "Music in the French Caribbean." Encyclopedia of Franco-American Relations (ABC-Clio).

   

2005

"Creative Capital." For Lubbock SOFA (Supporters of Fine Arts) presentations.

   

2004

"Music in Egypt." The World and Its Peoples (encyclopedia). (London: Brown Reference Group, 2004; forthcoming).

   

2003

"Séamus Ennis and Ireland in the 20th Century." Piping Today (July/August 2003).

   

2003

"Music in Algeria", "Music in Libya", "Music in Morocco", "Music in Tunisia." The World and Its Peoples (encyclopedia) (London: Brown Reference Group, 2003).

   

2003

"The Celtic Guitar." In The Cambridge Companion to the Guitar, ed. Victor Anand Coelho (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).

   

2002

"Local Music Brings People Together." Lubbock Magazine (March 2002): 32.

   

2002

"Séamus Ennis, Traditional Music, and Irish Cultural History." The Journal of Music in Ireland (Sept/Oct 2002): 2-20.

   

2000

"Reconstructing the Music of Medieval Ireland: Altramar’s Crossroads of the Celts." Early Music 28/2 (May 2000): 270-281.

   

2000

Teaching Sound(ly): Approaches to World Music in an Undergraduate Classroom." Journal of Popular Music Studies 9/10 (2000): 25-36.

   

2000

"Into the Ivory Tower: Vernacular Musics and the American Academy." With Dr. Austin B. Caswell. Contemporary Music Review. 19/1 (2000): 89-111.

   

1999

"ZoukFest Report." Irish Music Magazine (September 1999).

   

1998

"A Sense of the Possible: Miles Davis and the Semiotics of Improvised Performance." In In the Course of Performance: Studies in the World of Musical Improvisation, ed. Bruno Nettl and Melinda Russell (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998): 261-90.

   

1996

"Francis and the Minstrels of God." Early Music America 2/1 (March 1996): 30-36.

   

1995

"Broadway the Hard Way: Techniques of Allusion in the Music of Frank Zappa." College Music Symposium 35 (1995): 35-60.

   

1995

"A Sense of the Possible: Miles Davis and the Semiotics of Improvised Performance." T.D.R. The Drama Review 39/3 (Fall 1995): 41-55.

Software

2006

"The Dear Green Place." 100-slide PPT program for VMC fundraising.

   

2005

"The Buddy Holly Center." 100-slide PPT program for Lubbock SOFA presentations.

   

2004-2005

Created PowerPoint teaching resources under contract for Bonds A History of Western Music.

   

2004

Created Companion Teaching Website for Yudkin Understanding Music: http://www.prenhall.com/yudkin/

   

2003-

2005

Monthly column on "The Irish Tenor Banjo" at www.banjossessions.com/

   

2003

Created Companion Teaching Website for Bonds A History of Western Music: http://www.prenhall.com/bonds/

   

1997

"How To Run an Irish Music Session." www.irishmusic.com

Compositions

2005

Imagining the Irish Baroque: Six Basso Continuo settings of Turlough Carolan, premiered Seattle, April 2005.

   

2002

One World, premiered by Baroque Northwest, December 2002.

Poetry

2003

"Miles Davis," "Rilke’s Bouzouki," and "The Session," in The Art of Music Annual (Piano Press, 2003).

Liner Notes

2006

Last Night’s Fun ensemble release Johnny Faa (Self-released, LNF 001)

2005

Chris Smith solo release Coyotebanjo (Self-released, CBCD 001)

 

For Altramar medieval music ensemble

   

2003

From Galway to Galicia: The Celtic Shores (Dorian, DOR-93248)

   

2000

Celtic Wanderers: The Pilgrim’s Road (Dorian DOR-93213)

   

1999

Crossroads of the Celts (Dorian DOR-93177)

   

1997

Iberian Garden: Jewish , Christian, and Muslim Spain, Volume I (Dorian DIS-80151)

   

1997

Iberian Garden: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Spain, Volume II (Dorian DIS-80158)

   

1996

Nova Stella: A Medieval Italian Christmas (Dorian DIS-80142)

   

1996

Saint Francis and the Minstrels of God (Dorian DIS-80143)

2001

Roger Landes: Dragon Reels (Dorian DOR-93238)

Program Notes

2000-

2004

For Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (20 1200-word essays: five per season): four seasons

Public Radio Programs

 

For BBC World Service

   

Summer 2005

Consultant and interview guest, The Story of the Guitar (4-part series)

   
 

For KOHM—Lubbock

   

2005-present

Producer and host, Celtic Shores weekly radio program and podcast

   

2003-present

Producer and host, annual Caprock Celtic Christmas broadcast

   

2000-present

On-air fundraiser in Spring and Fall pledge drives

   
 

For WFIU—Bloomington

   

1993-2000

Producer and host, One World: A Program of Music of the World’s Peoples (250 60-minute programs)

RESEARCH/CREATIVE ACTIVITY: PRESENTATIONS

2006

Presenter and discussant, "Tips on Teaching: What Great Teachers Do," TTU Teaching Academy, August 2006.

   

2006

"Inaugurating the Irish Century: New and Old Technologies in Irish Music at the World Columbian Exposition." Society for American Music, Chicago, April 2006.

   

2006

"Identities, Contexts, and Gender in the Irish Musical Landscape." American Conference for Irish Studies, Southern Regional Chapter, Columbia SC, February 2006.

   

2006

Chair and organizer, "Folk Music" and "Protest Music" panels. Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, February 2006.

   

2006

"Reclaiming the Commons One Tune at a Time: Vernacular Music as Cultural Construct and Social Tool." 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2006 (delivered in absentia).

   

2005

"Ethnomusicology in Oils: William Sidney Mount." TTU Spring Music Bibliography Colloquium, 28 November 2005.

   

2005

"The Irish Session Workshop: Learning Traditional Music in the Traditional Way." International Council for Diversity in Music Education. Queensland, AUS, 13 November 2005.

   

2005

"F.J. Haydn’s Missa in angustiis: The Nelson Mass," jointly authored with Dr Wayne Hobbs. Summer Choral Institute, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 19 July 2005.

   

2005

"Reclaiming the Commons One Tune at a Time: Irish Traditional Music as Cultural Construct and Social Tool." National Meetings of the American Council for Irish Studies, Notre Dame, 17 April 2005.

   

2005

Chair and organizer, First Annual Texas Tech Fine Arts Colloquium, Lubbock, 1 April 2005.

   

2005

"Punk Shows and Pub Sessions: Towards a New Definition of Musical Tradition." National Meetings of the Popular Culture Association, San Diego, 25 March 2005 (paper delivered in absentia).

   

2005

Site visit including master class, public lecture, and solo concerts. The John Francis Reilly Irish Studies Performance and Lecture Series, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, March 2005.

   

2005

"Standing at the Crossroads: Style and a Sense of Place in the Music of Buddy Holly." Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, 11 February 2005.

   

2005

Chair and organizer, "Folk Music" and "Protest Music" panels. Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, 10-11 February 2005.

   

2005

"Sessions as Virtual Village: Irish Traditional Music as Cultural Construct and Social Tool." Southern American Council for Irish Studies, 25 February 2005

   

2005

"Understanding the Two Carminas Burana." Associated Vocal Scholars chapter meeting, Lubbock, 31 March 2005.

   

2005

"The Last Lecture." Invited by student poll to present at Wall-Gates Fine Arts dormitory, May 2005.

   

2005

Keynote speaker for Mu Phi Epsilon/Phi Mu Alpha formal banquet, Lubbock, May 2005.

   

2005

"Music to Build Community." Public forum lecture at Lubbock Unitarian-Universalist Church, Lubbock, 3 April 2005.

   

2004

"Music as Weapon: Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the jeliya, and the Sack of Kalakuta." National Meetings, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Charlottesville, 14 October 2004.

   

2004

"Ethnomusicology in Oils: Irish-Americans, African-Americans, and the Ethnographic Paintings of William Sidney Mount." National Meetings, American Musicological Society, Seattle, 11 November 2004.

   

2004

"Cinematic Constructions of Irish Musical Ethnicity." International Meetings American, European, and British Councils of Irish Studies, Liverpool, 12 July 2004.

   

2004

"‘Between Green Hedges and Ditches:’ Narrative, Allusion, and Musicality in a

Folk-Recitation by Séamus Ennis." Eighth Annual UCCB Storytelling Symposium, Sydney, Nova Scotia, 23 May 2004 (presented in absentia).

   

2004

"Cinematic Constructions of Irish Musical Identity." American Council of Irish Studies—Southern Chapter, Atlanta, 10 April 2004.

   

2004

"Folk and Protest Music" panel (chair). National Meetings, Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, 6 March 2004.

   

2004

"Music, the Visual Arts, and Rock & Roll Community." Graphic Content Symposium (Landmark Arts Gallery, TTU Campus), 17 September 2004.

   

2004

"Making It Work as a Music Professional." Presentation to students in Wall-Gates Fine Arts Community, April 2004.

   

2004

"Charles Ives and the Concord Sonata" soloist with Christina Valdes, TTU, 19 November 2004.

   

2004

"Making It Work as a Music Professional." Presentation to students in Wall-Gates Fine Arts Community, April 2004.

   

2004

"Research Across the Disciplines." Summer Research Scholars Program, McNair Scholars Program, September 2004.

   

2003

"‘Between Green Hedges and Ditches:’ Narrative, Allusion, and Musicality in a

Folk-Recitation by Séamus Ennis." Representing Ireland, Newcastle, 10 October 2003.

   

2003

"Why Séamus? Séamus Ennis, Traditional Music, and Irish Cultural History." Annual Meetings of Na Pióbairi Uillean and Scoil Samraidh Willie Clancy, Ireland, 15 July 2003.

   

2003

"We have Fed You All a Thousand Years: The Untold History of American Music and Radical Politics." Popular Culture Association Meetings, 15 February 2003.

   

2003

"Reviving the Music of Medieval Ireland." With Altramar medieval music ensemble. International meetings of the Society for Study of Music in the Medieval Celtic Regions, Schottenstift, Vienna, 25 May 2003.

   

2003

"Weber, Wagner, and the German Folkloric Sources of Singspiel". Guest lecture, TTU German Department (Lubbock).

   

2003

"Music to Build Community." The Tallgrass Journal 1 (Fall 2002).

   

2002

"Write Me a Few of Your Lines: Popular Music as Cultural History." Respondent: Robert Santelli, Director and CEO, Experience Music Project. Not Fade Away: Second Annual Buddy Holly Symposium (Lubbock, TX; Texas Tech University School of Music), 29 August 2002.

   

2002

Organized "Songwriters" Panel (Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Marshall Crenshaw, Jo Carol Pierce, Delbert McClinton, Peter Guralnick) for Second Annual Buddy Holly Symposium.

   

2002

"‘Between Green Hedges and Ditches:’ Narrative, Allusion, and Musicality in a

Folk-Recitation by Séamus Ennis." Annual Meetings of the Narrative Society (East Lansing, MI; University of Michigan), 14 April 2002.

   

2002

"Séamus Ennis: An Exercise in Ethnographic Biography." Symposium of World Musics (Lubbock, TX; Texas Tech University School of Music), 6 March 2002.

   

2002

"Understanding Procedural Cues in African-American Music." University College Cork Ethnomusicology Colloquia (Cork, Ireland; UC Cork), 12 March 2002.

   

2002

Moderator, "West Texas Songwriters" and "Reminiscing" panels. Not Fade Away: Second Annual Buddy Holly Symposium (Lubbock, TX; Texas Tech University School of Music), 30 & 31 August 2002.

   

2002

Moderator, "West Texas Songwriters" and "Reminiscing" panels. Not Fade Away: Second Annual Buddy Holly Symposium (Lubbock, TX; Texas Tech University School of Music), 30 & 31 August 2002.

   

2001

"Standing at the Crossroads: Style and a Sense of Place in the Music of Buddy Holly." First Annual Buddy Holly Symposium (Lubbock, TX; Texas Tech University School of Music), 30 August 2001.

   

2001

"The Contemporary World of Irish Traditional Music." Symposium of World Musics (Lubbock, TX; Texas Tech University School of Music), March 5, 2001.

   

2001

"Entering the Irish Flute and Tin Whistle Tradition." TTU Flute Symposium (Lubbock), 2001.

   

2001

"Crossing the Bridge: Where Celtic and Medieval Musics Meet." ZoukFest 2001 (Taos, NM; Southern Methodist University).

   

2000

Appearances of Fox34 News on 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, December 2000.

   

1999

"Reviving the Music of Medieval Ireland." With Dr Anne Buckley. University of Galway Graduate Colloquium Series, April 1999.

   

1999

"Reviving the Music of Medieval Ireland." With Dr Anne Buckley. University of Galway Graduate Colloquium Series (Galway, IRE; NUI Galway), April 1999.

   

1999

"Reviving the Music of Medieval Ireland." With Dr Anne Buckley. University of Galway Graduate Colloquium Series (Galway, IRE; NUI Galway), April 1999.

   

1998

"Whose Blues in the Mississippi Night? Frame Management and the Context of the Blues." National Meetings of the American Musicological Society (Boston, MA; Boston University), 1998.

   

1998

"Teaching Sound[ly]: Approaches to World Music Pedagogy." Society for Ethnomusicology, Midwest Chapter Meetings (Dayton, OH; University of Ohio), 5 March 1998.

   

1998

"The Role of the Romany: Understanding Gypsy Musical Traditions" Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series (Bloomington, IN), 1998.

   

1998

"The Role of the Romany: Understanding Gypsy Musical Traditions" Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series (Bloomington, IN), 1998.

   

1997

"Iberian Garden: Imagining the Music of Multicultural Medieval Spain." Conference on
Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display (Bowling Green, OH; Bowling Green State University),
30 May 1997.

   

1997

"The Wheels of the World: American Music and American Radical Politics." Indiana University Arts Connection Series (Bloomington, IN; Indiana University Art Museum), April 1997.

   

1996

"Teaching Sound[ly]: Approaches to World Music Pedagogy." Crossroads of Tradition Conference (Bloomington, IN; Indiana University Latin American Music Center), 13 July 1996.

   

1995

"Messing with Our Heads: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, ‘Night Music,’ and ‘Old Man River’." National Meetings of the Sonneck Society for American Music (Madison, WI; University of Wisconsin), April 1995.

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2006

Caprock Celtic Fall Festival and Harvest Dance--music director, ensemble preparation, soloist

   

2006

Second Annual Caprock Early Music Association Spring Festival Weekend April 2006

   

2006

Duo performance, with Angela Mariani, of "The Last Voyage of St Brendan" (recitation with music, in Middle English), TTU February 2006

   

2005

Jean Ritchie Gala Weekend: TTU--music director, ensemble preparation, soloist

   

2005

First Annual Caprock Early Music Association Spring Festival Weekend April 2005

   

2002-

present

1st through 5th annual Caprock Celtic Christmas; by December 2005 this ticketed event, a fundraiser for traditional music scholarships, in 2 performances drew over 1000 attendees

   

2002 & 2005

Solo recitals of traditional Irish music, Hemmle Hall, Texas Tech University

   

2005

Accompanist for performances by Dr Susan Brumfield: Louisiana Music Educators’ Associations Meetings, Baton Rouge LA.

   

2001-present

Soloist, accompanist, coach for TTU Collegium Musicum

   

2001

On-stage soloist for premiere of Paxton opera Bellini’s War, TTU October 2001

   

2000-

present

With Last Night’s Fun:

Dallas, Lubbock, Abilene, San Antonio, Austin, Ruidoso NM, Roswell NM, Lexington KY, Taos NM

   

1996-present

With Baroque Northwest: Indianapolis, Boston, Bloomington, Seattle

   

1992-

present

With Altramar medieval music ensemble: New York, Boston, Abilene, Chicago, San Francisco, Bloomington, Sioux City, Seattle, Waco, Vancouver, Houston, Santa Fe, Taos, Depauw, Indianapolis, Galway, Maastricht, Feldkirchen, Utrecht, Freiburg, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Maastricht, Monterey, Kalamazoo, Toronto. Appearances on KTXT-Lubbock, Fox News, National Public Radio, Dallas Public Radio, Los Angeles Public Radio, Associated Press radio, St Paul Sunday, Public Radio International, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., BBC World Service

   

1998

Mandolin soloist, Corigliano Symphony #1 under the composer’s direction, Bloomington

   

1992

Guitar soloist, Bernstein 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Bloomington and Kennedy Center

   

1990

Guitar soloist, Bernstein Mass under the composer’s direction, Bloomington and Tanglewood

   

1977-

present

Over 500 appearances performing rock, funk, African, Irish, Caribbean, and other musics

SERVICE

Supervising students

2001-

present

Dissertation and/or doctoral examination committee member:

    ·2016 Setareh Beheshti (D.M.A.); also assistant thesis advisor

    ·2017 Stephanie Bland (D.M.A.)

    ·2018 Mark Frandsen (Ph.D.)

    ·2019 Michael D. Johnson (Ph.D.)

    ·2020 Ian R. Rollins (Ph.D.)

    ·2021 Jon Kraemer (Ph.D.)

    ·2022 James McDermott (Ph.D. Fine Arts-Theater); also assistant thesis advisor

    ·2023 Michelle Mossman (Ph.D.); principle thesis advisor

    ·2024 Milen Parashkevov (D.M.A.)

    ·2025 Ludim Pedroza (Ph.D. Fine Arts-Music); also assistant thesis advisor

    ·2026 Eric Peterson (D.M.A.); also assistant thesis advisor

   

2001-present

Master’s Thesis advisor

    ·2 James Berry (Musicology)

    ·3 Michelle Mossman (Musicology)

    ·4 Roberto Vela (Musicology)

   

2004-

present

Faculty Supervisor

TTU Honors College Undergraduate Research Fellows

    ·5 Brian Place archival project on African/Celtic interactions pre-Civil War

    ·6 Sara Hughes fieldwork project on West Texas indigenous musicians

    ·7 Shannon Crenshaw

   

2003-

present

Faculty Mentor

TTU Honors College

    ·1 Sara Hughes project on flamenco in Seville, Spain. This project was also presented at the NCHC conference in New Orleans, and won the TTU Honors College Student of the Year Award, both in 2005.

   

2003-

present

TEACH Fellowship Faculty Mentor

    ·2 Nancy Staples (Ph.D. Music Education)

   

2000-

present

Master’s examination committee member (and coach)

    ·3 Over two dozen students in music education, composition, performance, conducting, music history and literature

Additional Activities

2006-present

Member: Teaching Academy New Membership Committee

   

2006

Field trip leader: Sligo, Roscommon, Galway, Aran, Clare; Ireland, May 2006

   

2005

Chair of Organizing Committee, Caprock Celtic Festival (April 2005)

   

2005

Member, Music Library Task Force committee

   

2004-present

Coordinator, SOM WebCT online teaching materials

   

2004-

present

Program consultant and scriptwriter, Music at Texas Tech radio program

   

2004

Member, Website Development Committee, School of Music

   

2004-

present

CVPA representative and School of Music liaison to Study Abroad Scholarship Committee, Texas Tech University

   

2004

Field trip leader, Douglas Hyde Traditional Music Summer School, Ballaghaderreenn, Co. Roscommon, Ireland, July 2004

   

2004-

present

Board member, Supporters of Fine Arts, Lubbock, TX

   

2004

Blind reviewer, Wadsworth Group publication Music in Western Civilization

   

2003-

present

Music consultant, TTU Reading Marathon

   

2003-

present

Graduate Music History coordinator

   

2003-

present

Coordinator and supervisor, Music History and Literature curriculum and teaching assistants

   

2003-

present

Director, Vernacular Music Center, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech

   

2002- 2003

Academic Advisor for MUBA program, TTU School of Music

   

2002

Construction of World Wide Web pages for TTU Music History and Literature Department (webpages.acs.ttu.edu/chrissmi/

   

2002-

2005

Member, College Academic Programs Committee for College of Visual and Performing Arts

   

2002

Chair, Subcommittee, VPA-CAP, writing VPAH3301 Critical Issues in Culture and the Arts

   

2002

Traditional music consultant for composer Dan Welcher’s Minstrels of the Kells, commissioned by Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Lubbock, TX). Traditional music director and soloist: performances in Lubbock, Dallas, Lexington KY.

   

2002

Assistant grant-writer in support of TTU Libraries Multi-Media Center; Funder: Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board

   

2001-2003

Member, College of Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Revision Committee, TTU

   

2001-2005

Member, Steering Committee: Not Fade Away: The Buddy Holly Symposium (Lubbock, TX).

   

2001

Co-director, Altramar’s Medieval Week (Taos, NM), 5-16 August 2001.

   

2001- 2003

Member, International Advisory Board for the Naxos World record label

   

2000-2002

Co-director, Symposium of World Musics, Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX).

   

2001-

present

Member, numerous faculty search committees

   

2000-present

Director, Texas Tech University Ceili Band (Lubbock, TX).

   

2000-present

Consultant, Caprock Early Music (Lubbock, TX).

   

2000-present

Member and Discussant, Fine Arts Doctoral Committee panels, Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX).

   

1995-

2000

Leader/facilitator, Irish Session Workshop (Bloomington, IN).

   

1996-1998

Executive Director, Global Voices A Cappella Festival (Bloomington, IN).

   

1995-present

Consultant, Society for Ethnomusicology National Offices (Bloomington, IN).

   

1994-2000

Consultant to Planning Committee, Bloomington Early Music Festival (Bloomington, IN).

Grants Authored

2004

Finalist for Fulbright Scholar Program, Ireland

   

2003

TTU Alumni Association Scholarship Fund for "Vernacular Music Center Traditional Music Scholarship"

   

2002

Lubbock International Cultural Center Competitive Grants Program: TTU Symphonic Wind Ensemble & Last Night’s Fun

   

2002

Fulbright Scholar Program: Alternate candidate for invited teaching and research in Ireland January-August 2004

ACADEMIC HONORS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2005

Finalist for Spencer A Wells Creativity in Teaching Award, Texas Tech

   

2005

Elected to membership in the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy

   

2005

Professing Excellence Award, Texas Tech Residence Life Success Center

   

2003

Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Teaching Award

   

1998

Walter Kaufmann Award Musicology Prize (Indiana University School of Music; Bloomington, IN)

   

1997

John H. Edwards Fellowship (Indiana University; Bloomington, IN)

   

1994

Dean’s Travel Fund (Indiana University School of Music; Bloomington, IN)

   

1992-

1998

Summer Scholarships (Indiana University School of Music; Bloomington, IN)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

COMPUTER SKILLS acquired during TTU tenure

LANGUAGES