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Mr. Smith began formal study of music on piano at the age of 7. He comes from a very musical family where everyone was expected to play an instrument or sing. It was quickly noticed that he had a talent for piano and became the pianist at his church at age 12, and continued until he began his college career. While studying music at Shorter College in Rome, GA, Mr. Smith not only strengthened and refined his skills as a pianist and vocalist, but he also developed a passion and a taste for exquisite choral music. Though his primary instrument is piano, private voice instruction and extensive choral training played a huge role in the make up of Mr. Smith's musical studies. While receiving Bachelor’s degrees in both Church Music and Music Education, Mr. Smith gained exposure to choral music under the tutelage of choral genius, John H. Ratledge III, Ph.D. Dr. Ratledge, a student of the world renowned choral composer, Morten Lauridsen, engrained into his students a broad spectrum of remarkable technique in all genres of music. read more
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Hailed as “A brilliant entertainer who formally lives within the music” by Odenwälder Zeitung, Wald-Michelbach, Germany, Robert Trocina is an accomplished Orchestral and Ballet Conductor, Artistic Director and Entrepreneur.

Robert Trocina is currently Music Director and Conductor of Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Gwinnett Symphony Musical Arts Consortium, posts he has held since 2005. He is Music Director and Conductor of Northeast Atlanta Ballet, since 2006, where he conducts full-length productions of Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Nutcracker, and an original production of Peter Pan. Mr. Trocina is also newly appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Korean American Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of Starkenburg Philharmoniker, Viernheim, Germany. Mr. Trocina is CEO of New School of Music, a music conservatory with seven schools located throughout Georgia, which he co-founded with Mr. Rick Smith in 1997. He previously served as Associate Conductor of Atlanta Wind Symphony (1998-2003) and Music Director of Gwinnett Symphony Youth Orchestra (1997-2006).
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