Michael Robert Smith (b. 1989) is an award-winning composer of contemporary concert music. His music has been described as “Relatively simple, elegantly-turned, beautifully vocal music with a compelling through-line from start to finish” (Gabriel Jackson) and has been commissioned and performed by The Crossing, Chorosynthesis, Mouthscape, the SFCM New Music Ensemble, soprano Winnie Neih, The Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble, Pianist Josh Wilson, The Commonwealth Club of California, cellist Nadia Geier, and violinist Sam Weiser.

Smith has won multiple awards and prizes, including the 1st place prize in the SFCM Biennial Choral Composition competition, 2nd place prize in the SFCM Biennial Art Song Competition, and the Commonwealth Club of California’s Fanfare Commission, which was performed by members of the San Francisco Symphony for the grand opening of the Club’s new building.

In addition to composing, he is an active choral performer and church musician, as well as a conductor. He has performed with many prestigious institutions including the New York Philharmonic, The London Philharmonia, the Philadelphia Orchestra (featured soloist), and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

Smith received his Masters degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Bachelor’s degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Dreams in War TimeVoicing: SATB  Solo(s): Soprano  Accompaniment: Period Strings, Harpsichord, Guitar (Tuned To A=415)  Performance Length: 35:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Amy Lowell, Pictures of the Floating World  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Reflective, Sadness, Intense, Critical, War  First Performance: February 23, 2019 : Mouthscape, SFCM Early Music Ensemble, Winnie Nieh, Robert “Bobby” Chastain, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 1195/1529~2021-Q2)