Administered by the University of Missouri St. Louis

The Des Lee Collaborative Vision (DLCV) is the realization of an idea that linking the knowledge and resources of universities with public organizations through collaboration and partnership “can produce a synergism far exceeding the efforts of any one segment working independently (E. Desmond Lee).”   The DLCV brings together key educational, cultural, governmental and social service institutions to establish programs and share resources that benefit the St. Louis community. This is accomplished through the collaboration of more than 35 endowed professors with over 100 partner and community organizations both in the St. Louis region and worldwide.  Administered through the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the DLCV’s primary focus is to enrich the overall quality of life throughout the St. Louis area and beyond, improve education and create opportunities for underserved populations. Click here to learn more about the collaborative.

Michael V. Smith, Ph.D.

Michael V. Smith is the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Music Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Prior to coming to UMSL in January, 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, finishing his years there as a band director and music instructor at Topeka West High School. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota. His Master of Music in Music Education is from Kansas University and his Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, is from Washburn University. Click here to read Dr. Michael V. Smith’s full biography.


For in-school presentations, clinics, sectionals, rehearsing, guest conducting by University music department faculty, contact:

Mr. Darwin Aquino, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble:

Mr. Adaron “Pops” Jackson, Jazz Band and Combo, Jazz Piano:

Dr. James Henry, Choral Music:

Mr. Matt Henry, Percussion and Ethnic Percussion:

Mr. Kurt Baldwin, Orchestra and Strings:

Dr. Stella Markou, Voice and Opera:

Dr. Lisa Blackmore, Trumpet:

Mr. Dave Dickey, Trombone:

Dr. Neil Ostercamp, Saxophone:

Ms. Jeanine York-Garesche, Clarinet:

Ms. Shelly Monier, Flute

Dr. Julie Beauregard, Music Education:

Dr. Zachary Cairns, Music Theory:

Other music faculty, e.g., theory, history, keyboards, guitar, harp…may also be able to schedule in-school presentations on requested topics.

To reach a particular member of the music faculty, please call the Music Department office at 314-516-5980.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Smith at 314-516-5365 or email him at

The above faculty services may require some funding by the Collaborative and must be approved in advance by Collaborative Director, Dr. Michael V. Smith.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Fine and Performing Arts, annually hosts and produces Des Lee Showcase events both on and off campus, Lunch and Learn sessions, and the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative High School Music Festival (choir, orchestra, symphonic band), Anheuser-Busch Hall, Touhill Performing Arts Center; and the Middle School Music Festival (choir, orchestra, concert band), in the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall, Touhill Performing Arts Center. The culminating concerts of these all-day festivals are free and open to the public.