Presenter - Works of Claude T. Smith
Pam Smith Kelly is the daughter of Claude T. and Maureen F. Smith. Born in Cozad, NE, Pam attended South City View Elementary in the Center School District (KCMO) and Field School, Chillicothe Jr. High, and graduated from Chillicothe High School. She received her B. M. E. from Central Missouri State University and her M. M. E. from the University of Kansas. She taught elementary music for 16 years and was the choral director for 19 years at Oxford Middle School in the Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS. Mrs. Kelly served as the Middle-Level Chair and the Elementary Chair for the Northeast KMEA and as the State Chairman for KMEA Elementary and Middle Levels. She also received the NEKMEA Outstanding Music Educator in 2010. She has appeared as guest director, clinician, and judge for bands, choirs, and orchestras around the country and abroad. She is a bassoonist and is the President of Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc., which publishes the instrumental and choral works of her late father. She has held various positions in church music ministries, directing handbells, children’s choirs, wind ensembles, and orchestras for the past 37 years in the Kansas City area. She and her husband, Jim, reside in Overland Park, KS with their two children, Austin (18) and Faith (15). Their older daughter, Tara, her husband Greg, and their daughters, Rose and Laurel, currently reside in Kansas City, MO. Pam is a member of ASCAP, American Choral Directors Association, NEA, National Association for Music Education, Sigma Alpha Iota, Mu Phi Epsilon (Patron), P. E. O., and Association of Concert Bands.