Matriculating at the University of Washington, Adam D. Smith attained two Bachelor’s degrees in education and music in 1998 before spearheading his professional career. Shortly thereafter, he joined Seattle Christian School, where he first served as the elementary general music teacher and choir director. Over the years, he also directed the elementary and jazz bands before obtaining his current role as Director of Bands and Fine Arts Chair. He has now served at Seattle Christian for 23 years. In his dual roles, Mr. Smith teaches music appreciation and worship arts, directs numerous bands and is the go-to person for the technological and logistical side of school events.
Reflecting on his career thus far, Mr. Smith cites rebuilding the music program at the Seattle Christian School as the highlight of his career. Under his direction, the band program grew from three members to over 40 in just five years. Additionally, he has been in the process of revamping and replacing the sound technology in the school. Mr. Smith has also hosted a fundraising concert, in which his Jazz Band helped raise funds for a neighbor and for the band to travel to and perform at former President Barack Obama’s Inauguration. Outside of his role at Seattle Christian, he is active in his local church where he plays lead electric guitar on the worship team.
To remain abreast of his industry, Mr. Smith maintains affiliation with the National Association for Music Education. Notably, he has been the recipient of several awards from his college years through the present from both the academic community and local sources. Mr. Smith attributes his success to education, the connection that he has between himself and other schools, and the relationships he built with the students, parents, faculty, and staff, along with his relationship with his church. Looking ahead, he intends to continue strengthening the school’s band program following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.