A unique musician, composer-pianist Gary Smart performs, composes and improvises music that reflects an abiding interest in Americana, world musics and jazz, as well as the western classical tradition. Dr. Smart’s career has encompassed a wide range of activities in all these areas. He received his education at Indiana University, the Hochschule für Musik-Köln (Germany) and Yale University. Smart’s music has been performed in several major venues in the US, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and New York’s Lincoln Center. An artist with a wide range of constantly developing interests, Dr. Smart has lived and worked in the eastern, midwestern and western USA as well as in Germany, Japan and Indonesia. His work is published by Margun Music and has been recorded on Albany, Capstone and Mastersound labels. Smart has received awards for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Music Educators National Conference and from several state arts councils. Dr. Smart has taught at institutions in Japan and has taught in Indonesia for the Fulbright Program as a “Distinguished Professor of Music.” He is currently the Terry Professor of Music at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.