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Juliet White-Smith

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Juliet White-Smith

Professor of Viola; Area Coordinator of Strings


614 292-2128

N374 Timashev Building
1866 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Viola
  • Chamber music
  • String pedagogy
  • Advocate for music by women and Black composers


  • DMA, Eastman School of Music, 1998
  • MM, University of Houston, 1987
  • BM, Louisiana State University, 1984

Juliet White-Smith is an accomplished violist, an engaging and dynamic teacher, and an expert string pedagogue. With performing and professional teaching careers spanning over three and a half decades, she has performed in solo, chamber and orchestral settings throughout the United States and on tour in Europe, Asia and Africa. She has performed as a member of the Texas Chamber Orchestra, with the Houston Grand Opera and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras, and as a two-year fellow with the Rochester Philharmonic. She is regularly engaged as an invited presenter for music organizations around the country and across the globe including as a featured presenter and master class clinician at the American String Teachers Association annual conference, for the 75th Anniversary Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and as a recitalist and presenter for conferences of the American Viola Society as well as International Viola Congresses in Montreal, South Africa, and Thailand. She has served on several occasions as adjudicator for prominent career-advancing competitions including the William Primrose International Viola Competition and the Yellow Spring Chamber Music Competition.

Her views on pedagogy, talent and effective practice have been featured in articles in The StradStrings Magazine, Journal of the American Viola Society, and American String Teacher. She is a frequent clinician at professional conferences including those of the American String Teachers Association, American Viola Society, International Viola Society, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic among other. She has appeared in interviews in the Boston Globe and on WBUR Boston. An advocate for all things viola, she served as President of the American Viola Society from 2008-2011 and has been on the Artist-Faculty at the Brevard Music Festival since 2018. Her 2009 album Fashionably Late: Juliet White-Smith Debuts! features the premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize winner George Walker’s Viola Sonata (1989) and is available on the Centaur Records label. Live performances and instructional videos can be found on her YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHW2N7Ze9u3kbdD8zCjLtlg/videos).

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, White-Smith joined the faculty at The Ohio State University School of Music in 2012, having previously held positions at the University of Northern Colorado and Western Michigan University.

White-Smith earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, and is a graduate of the University of Houston (MM) and Louisiana State University (BM in violin).

White-Smith’s passion for efficient movement in music making has resulted in her receiving certification as a yoga instructor (RYT 200) and she is in the final stages of working toward licensure as a Body Mapping Educator. She is a passionate yogi and cyclist.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Article"Ask a Teacher: Juliet White-Smith." The Strad (April 2010). 69.

Juliet White-Smith's YouTube channel

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