Susan L. Smith, has taught general, choral, and instrumental music at the elementary through collegiate levels in Florida, Virginia, and Alabama and has served as an author, clinician, conductor, and adjudicator across the United States. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Troy University and the Southern Division President Elect of the National Association of Music Education. She is the Past President of the Alabama Music Educators Association and the current faculty advisor for the Troy cNAfME Chapter. Smith is the current Chair of the NAfME Collegiate Advisory Council and a member of the Professional Development Committee. Her previous appointment was as Director of Bands at the Saint James School in Montgomery AL. The Saint James Band consistently received Superior ratings in Concert, Jazz and Marching Band events including the Alabama Music Performance Assessment, Smokey Mountain Music Festival, and Bands of America Super Regional and Grand National Championships.
Smith has presented clinics at many state, national, and regional NAfME conferences. Smith has presented at the Midwest Clinic multiple times and performed as a member of the Alabama Winds, an adult community band comprised of Alabama music educators. She is responsible for the Chamber Music portion of the Music for All National Concert Band Festival and is a co-founder of the Mind the Gap Webinar and Podcast for young and preservice music educators.
Her professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Beta Kappa, and the National Band Association. Smith is in demand as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator throughout the country. She has conducted honor bands in multiple states including University of Alabama Honor Band, Samford University Honor Band, Marshall University Honor Band, and Midfest at UGA as well as District Honor Bands in Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky.