Jeffrey R. Smith

Music Director, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
Jeffrey R. Smith

Mr. Smith has been the full-time Music Director of the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale since 2004. Originally a member of the Choir during his youth, he returned to the Choir in a professional capacity after spending some time as a conductor and pianist in New York City. As a musician in much demand, Smith is the assistant conductor for Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and he has been commissioned to compose original music for several ensembles around the country.

Under his direction, the choir has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Peter Nero and the Philly POPS, Opera Philadelphia and Curtis Institute. Venues have included the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Smith has led the group on local and national television including five consecutive annual appearance on "Good Morning America". Many political dignitaries have been an audience to the choir, including foreign ambassadors, presidents and prime ministers, American ambassadors, and our own president, Barack Obama.

In New York, Smith played keyboard on Broadway for Jane Eyre and Off-Broadway for Summer ’69, Taking a Chance on Love, Abie’s Island Rose, and Suburb. His arrangements have been performed Off-Broadway as well as by the Ocean City Pops and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and can be heard on the cast recording of Taking a Chance on Love (Original Cast Records). While in New York, he also played for Bette Midler and Tony-Award nominees Rebecca Luker, Mark Jacoby, and Judy Kaye. He has been a guest conductor for several festival youth choruses and bands, including the NYSSMA Dutchess County Area All-State Chorus. He is a 1999 summa cum laude graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music in composition. Smith currently resides in Haddon Township, NJ, with his wife, Carla, and their sons, Elijah and Isaac.