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Smith Fine Arts Series


The Edgar H. Smith Fine Arts Series provides quality performing arts presentations for the mid-Willamette Valley community and supports the community service and educational missions of Western Oregon University. Further, the Series provides master classes and workshops for University students; performances and discussion for our elementary and secondary schools; and informal lectures and demonstrations for the public.

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An outstanding element of Western Oregon University's public service mission for the past 36 years has been the Smith Fine Arts Series, contributing to the University's growing reputation as a center for the arts in the mid-Willamette Valley. The series was created in 1976 by Edgar H. Smith, a leading arts advocate and educator, to inaugurate the opening of Rice Auditorium. The series was later named for Dr. Smith on the occasion of his death in 1979.

The Smith Fine Arts Series is supported by ticket sales, grants, individual membership donations, and private and corporate sponsors. Western Oregon University provides the venue, management, and technical support. The 600-seat Rice Auditorium on the WOU campus serves as the performance venue and outreach facility; it operates with support of in-kind services from the University.

An 18-member board selected from Monmouth, Dallas, Independence and Salem governs the series, serving three-year terms. The board includes representatives of the business community; education; senior citizens; and University faculty, staff and, students. The Board of Directors is a working board with each member actively participating in committee assignments and board responsibilities throughout the year.

The Smith Fine Arts Series is managed by an artistic director with many years of experience in the arts. The series presents jazz, classical music, dance, and world music. Many of the artists also present outreach or master classes aimed at K-12 and university students

2013/14 Smith Fine Arts Series Board of Directors

Mark Fancey, President

Terri Gregory, Past President

Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon, Secretary

Tremaine Arkley

Jack Frauendiener

Vonnie Good

Nancy Hier

Nancy Lodge

Jean Love

Sierra Mullins

Cindy Musgrove

Karl Paulson

Ray Sagner

Pat Schrader

Pat Stineff

Feliciano (Chano) Tencos-Garcia

Robert Tomlinson

Maggie Triplett

John Van Dreal

Barb Welander

Evelyn Smith Lorence, Honorary Member

Dr. Keller Coker, Executive Director

Sandy Newland, Program Manager

Darrel Watson, Associate Director

Performance History


Hot Club of San Francisco
The California Honeydrops
Fiddler's Night: Andrea Beaton, Kevin Burke and Cal Scott
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Kurt Elling and the American Metropole Orchestra
David Douglas and the Western Hemisphere Orchestra/p>


Vagabond Opera
Andrew York
Rainbow Dance
Solas-Shamrock City
Joe Lovano & American Metropole Orchestra
60s Soul featuring Marilyn Keller & Neil Thurston & Western Hemisphere Orchustra


Francesco Buzzurro & Richard Smith
Toronto Consort
Martha Reeves & Western Hemisphere Orchestra
Do Jump!
Rio Nights featuring Eduardo Mendonça & American Metropole Orchestra
Asleep at the Wheel


Cirque Mechanics
The Travelin McCoury's
Adam Del Monte
Ensemble Galilei
Allen Touissant & American Metropole Orchestra


Danza Contemporanea Universitaria
Rebecca Fromherz
Moscow String Quartet
An Evening with Mel Brown
Lizz Wright


Capitol Steps
Brasil Brazil
The Impressions
Portland Baroque Orchestra


Freddy Cole & Kevin Mahogany
Pearl Django
Garth Fagan Dance
Lazer Vaudeville


Regina Carter
Alonzo King
Tears of Joy
Boston Brass
Obo Addy


Rainbow Dance
Pink Martini
Do Jump
Emerson String Quartet
Mark Morris Dance Group


Michael Allen Harrison
Capitol Steps
Jazz Tap Ensemble
Vienna Choir Boys
Opera A La Carte


Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Imago-Masked Theatre Ensemble
Blind Boys of Alabama
Taylor 2 Dance Company


Quartetto Gelato
Peking Acrobats
Moscow Chamber Orchestra
David Parson's Dance Company


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
American String Quartet


Mystical Arts of Tibet
Margie Gillis
Fred Hersch Trio
Eroica Trio

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Smith Fine Arts Series (503) 838-8333 | or e-mail: fineart@wou.edu

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