About Silver Strand Studios Founder
BIO: Leandria Jack Smith
LEANDRIA JACK SMITH, a Memphis native, earned the Bachelor of Arts in music from Austin Peay State University and the Master of Music in voice performance from the University of Oklahoma. Mrs. Smith has a wealth of experience coaching, performing, and conducting all genres of music resulting in her students winning numerous competitions and scholarships, and recording and performing nationally and internationally.
As a performer, Leandria has appeared on stage in gospel festivals, recital, oratorio, opera, musicals, music revues in the states and overseas and on the small screen in commercials and instructional videos. In addition to her talents as a vocalist, Mrs. Smith held the position of Director of Music Ministries at Asbury United Methodist Church for seven years. She has served as both music director and director for community musical and theatrical productions, choral conductor of the Northwest division of the Mississippi Boys Choir, facilitator of choral workshops, conductor of choral festivals, and adjudicator of competitions while continuing to maintain her private music studio.
Leandria J. Smith is a dedicated, patient, and enthusiastic teacher who is committed to cultivating the whole student – she wants to inspire her students to make music and create dramatic moments with accuracy, beauty, and depth, and hopes to instill in them the desire to embrace the arts as a lifelong passion. Her commitment to arts education is evident in the positions she has held such as music teacher for Estill Elementary in Estill, SC, instructor of Early Childhood Music and Drama at Hutchison School and the Arts Academy in the Center for Excellence, adjunct faculty member of Southwest Community College, teaching artist for the Greater Memphis Arts Council's Center for Arts Education, and the Orpheum Theatre’s Educational Programs and Summer Institute, and Director of Education for Opera Memphis.