Beverly Smoker


Beverly Smoker is Professor of Music, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, and director of the Piano Pedagogy Graduate Certificate program at Nazareth College. Numerous appearances as soloist and collaborative musician include performances on the Knitting Factory Composer Series, NYC, and recordings for ABC Radio in Brisbane, Australia, and Centaur Records.

She was a recipient of a Gramma Fisher Fellowship at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and for 10 years, a recipient of solo touring grants from the Iowa Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Smoker presents a wide range of repertoire including recitals and workshops devoted to 20th-century music, and has premiered several works written for her.
Beverly Smoker previously taught at Cornell, Grinnell, and Coe Colleges, and at the University of Iowa. For several years she operated a private piano studio.  Her students have earned undergraduate and graduate music degrees at major colleges and universities throughout the country and maintain careers as pedagogues and performing artists. A long-term active MTNA member, she has presented at national and state and conferences as well as district events. Dr. Smoker is currently NYSMTA New Music Review Chair and District 12 Chair.

In 2017, she was honored with a Music Educators' Special Award from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sample Programs:

  • Romantic Pleasures: Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt
  • Changing Styles, Changing Roles; Six Centuries of Keyboard Preludes
  • Preludes and Etudes Bach, Scriabin, Ligeti, Liszt


  • Enriching the Aural Palette
  • Mastering Challenges of 20thh Century Innovations
  • Incorporating Theory into the Piano Lesson
  • Stylistic Considerations in Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Music
  • Memorization and Musical Understanding
  • Unleashing Student Potential

Departmental Responsibilities

  • Applied Piano


  • University of Iowa, DMA, MFM
  • University of Texas, Austin, BM


Listen to Dr. Smoker perform Griffes: The Fountain of Acqua Paola.

I love seeing our students transition to successful alums making impactful contributions to their communities as music educators, performers, therapists, scholars, composers, arrangers and in many other capacities that support the arts and music industry.”