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Joshua Stephen Smith is a conductor, pianist, creative collaborator, and coffee enthusiast based in Southwest Oklahoma. He brews coffee by manual pour-over, which serves as a metaphor for life: a daily ritual to remember there is no machine, just you and the simple tools in front of you. His passion for coffee comes second to his passion for music making with others. Joshua enjoys a multi-faceted and vibrant career as music director, collaborator, teacher, and conductor to ensembles such as elementary choirs, church musicians, and orchestras for musical theater and ballet. He has received critical acclaim for his “excellent and sensitive” conducting of Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, The Nutcracker, for Michael Bolger’s NUTCRACKER, a contemporary adaptation of the ballet, produced by The Complex Contemporary Ballet Company (Putnam, CT).

Joshua serves as Visiting Professor of Choral Music and Music Education at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma. He also currently is completing doctoral studies in conducting at The University of Oklahoma. He builds on the rich mentorship he found at Messiah University (MM Conducting) with Yoon Soo Lim and Rachel Cornacchio. When not making music, Joshua is reading about covenant epistemology, drinking coffee, and enjoying a round of board/card games with family and friends.


Grow is a verb that describes all my efforts and labor. I'm a learner at heart; however, growth is the motivation behind the learning and doing.

As a CONDUCTOR, I make music with others to

become a better grown up in the world.

As a COLLABORATOR, I include the experiences of others to grow beyond my own insights and knowledge.

As a CREATOR, I use my skill as a conductor and my value of collaboration to create artistic experiences that seek to bring forth

beauty, truth, and deep connection.



Click here to see Joshua's work with helping people

grow as artists.


Collaborating with ensembles to bring greater connection to the music and the audience.

Music Director

Click here to see Joshua's work as conductor for theatre, ballet, and church music.


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