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About Gary Smart

Gary Smart's career has encompassed a wide range of activities as composer, classical and jazz pianist, and teacher.
A true American pluralist, Dr. Smart composes and improvises a music that reflects an abiding interest in Americana, jazz, and world musics, as well as the Western classical tradition.
Smart’s compositions have been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Music Educator's National Conference, the Music Teacher's National Association, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Present Professor, University of North Florida

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Professor of Music, Univ. of North Florida, 2010
  • 2009 Winner - John Donald Robb Musical Trust Third Biennial Composers’ Competition for his "Song of the Holy Ground" for piano and string quartet.
  • Terry Presidential Professor, Iniv. of North Florida, 2006-2010
  • Yessin Professorship, Univ. of North Florida, 2003-2005
  • 1992 Winner - Composer's Competition, Percussive Arts Society
  • President's Award, Univ. of Wyoming, 1991
  • 1988 Winner - Concordia Composer's Competition, New York orchestral premiere, Lincoln Center, N.Y.
  • John Day Jackson Composition Prize, Yale University, 1976
  • Greenwald Composition Prize, Yale University, 1975
  • Horatio Parker Memorial Fellowship, Yale University, 1975
  • DAAD (German government) study grant, 1970
  • Composition Prize, Young Musicians Foundation of Los Angeles, 1970
  • Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, Mass., 1969

Contact Information

University of North Florida
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Music
Office - 904-620-3856

Scores (12)

Performances (30)