Rick Smith is the Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. For more than 35 years Rick has worked professionally as a church musician, conducting, composing and arranging in the Episcopal, Presbyterian, and United Methodist traditions. In addition to St. Petersburg, Rick has also served churches in North Carolina, Tennessee, the Atlanta Metro area and the San Francisco Bay area. His choirs have toured the U.S., England, Italy, Spain, and Scotland, leading worship in such places as St. Giles Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St. Peter’s Basilica. He has also conducted community choruses and ensembles in Georgia, Florida and California.
Rick is a native of the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. He studied with composer and conductor Dr. Robert A. Harris, earning the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Michigan State University. Rick also studied with conductor Donald Neuen, earning the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Tennessee. Rick has additional graduate study in Church Music Education and in Christian Worship. As a conductor, he is at home in vocal and instrumental music. His composition and arranging projects include music for voice, handbells and other instruments and ensembles.