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While serving with the Department of Music faculty at UCM, Richard Smith established a reputation as an outstanding piano teacher. He touched the lives of many students hoping to share their appreciation for music with their own students or perform on the concert stage.
The native of Mississippi devoted approximately 27 years to this campus and its students and was part of his department’s efforts to give UCM the distinction of being an “All-Steinway” school. Smith took advantage of the opportunity to share these quality instruments and his passion for music with students while teaching his Piano 1-3 courses and classes such as Piano Literature.
Smith’s own college education took place at Louisiana State University, where he earned a doctorate in piano performance. Prior to that, he studied at Northwestern Louisiana State University, where he earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees.
Sharing his interest for music has gone much further than the UCM classroom. Smith has performed throughout the United States and also in Germany as a soloist and chamber musician, and is very active as an adjudicator and clinician. He performs with the Cambriano Trio, a group which combines a variety of instrumental combinations and solo performances, and is known for their varied repertoire and diverse music styles.
Smith’s influence as a teacher has been evident in his students’ performances. Many of them have won local, state, regional and national competitions. The special impact he had on the lives of his students was visible through a gift to the UCM Foundation which established the Dr. Richard B. Smith Piano Scholarship. The scholarship was made possible in 1999 through the generosity of Trisha L. Wells, a 1992 graduate who resides in Pomona, CA.