Juliet White-Smith, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has performed as soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. She has appeared as soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins and Denver Philharmonic Symphonies. She has also performed in the viola sections of the Rochester Philharmonic, the Columbus (OH) Symphony, Grand Rapids (MI) Symphony, and the Houston Grand Opera orchestras.
In demand as a master teacher and clinician, White-Smith has presented master classes at music conservatories around the US and the world including the Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the Eastman School of Music and Mahidol University’s College of Music in Thailand. She has been a featured guest artist at viola events in Arizona, Iowa and Ohio, and was the 2012 Pre-College Viola Clinician at the annual conference of the American String Teachers Association in Atlanta. In December 2016, she was an invited presenter for the 70th anniversary celebration of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. She was featured in “Ask the Teacher” in the April 2010 issue of The Strad. Her views on talent and effective practice techniques have appeared in articles in Strings and American String Teacher. She is a frequent adjudicator for many competitions including the William Primrose International Viola Competition, the annual Juanita Miller Concerto Competition in Dallas and the Young Artist Concerto Competition of the Fort Collins Symphony.
White-Smith began her college teaching career at age 25 at Western Michigan University. She joined the faculty at The Ohio State University in 2012 after serving for 21 years as professor of viola at the University of Northern Colorado. She joined the Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in 2018 and continues to enjoy an illustrious teaching and performing career.
White-Smith earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music degree in viola performance from the University of Houston. Her CD, Fashionably Late: Juliet White-Smith Debuts! features premiere recordings of Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Walker’s Viola Sonata and appears on the Centaur Records label.