Classic 107.3 Interview with Des Lee Endowed Professor Dr. Michael Smith!
Meet Michael V. Smith of the Des Lee Fine Arts Collaborative
Host Kathy Lawton Brown talks with Michael V. Smith, Ph.D., the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Music Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and the Director of the Des Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative. Prior to coming to UMSL in January of 2016, Dr. Smith headed the Music Education Division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Dr. Smith has also chaired and taught courses in the Music Education Departments at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. Prior to these experiences, he taught instrumental, choral and general music (K-12) for 10 years in the public schools of Topeka, Kansas.
The Collaborative is dedicated to enhancing the quality, influence, attitudes, and accessibility of fine arts by connecting educators, artists, and performers with St Louis students. Special attention is given to underserved populations. The Collaborative is made up of St. Louis area arts agencies and St. Louis area school districts – including Classic 107.3!
The mission of Saint Louis Ballet is to provide the metropolitan St. Louis region with a resident
professional ballet company that performs classical and contemporary works and offers
education programs of the highest quality for the cultural enrichment and enjoyment of the entire community.
Founded in 1976, Laumeier is one of the first and largest dedicated sculpture parks in the country. In 1968, Mrs. Matilda Laumeier bequeathed the first 72 acres of the future Laumeier Sculpture Park to St. Louis County in memory of her husband, Henry Laumeier.