Justin N. Smith, D.Mus.A., has joined the MYSO family as Program Director. For the past 14 years Justin has engaged a variety of artistic ventures as an administrator, performer, teacher and student. Prior to his MYSO appointment, he served as Company Coordinator/Assistant to the Artistic Director at Des Moines Metro Opera for their 38th and 39th festival seasons, coordinating main-stage, apprentice, and various outreach activities. In the spring of 2011, Justin was accepted into the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. There, he interned in National Partnerships and participated in arts management seminars taught by Kennedy Center staff. Although he is a classical musician through and through, promoting the art form through previous teaching appointments at UW-Madison and Beloit College, Justin has performed in a variety of genres throughout this career. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where, in addition to studies in voice performance and educational leadership, he managed marketing and operations for University Opera, served as Interim Graduate Admissions Coordinator in the School of Music and developed a student-led organization based around art song performance and advocacy. Additional academic credits include a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Washington State University, near his hometown in southeastern Washington State, and a Master of Music degree in voice performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Justin is married to Christine M. Liu, D.Mus.A., a violist and MYSO alum.