Welcome to Orchestra
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder Master of Music with an Emphasis in Conducting from Colorado State University
Mrs. Hannah Smith
Mrs. Smith has been the Head Orchestra Director at Rockwall High School since 2020. Prior to her appointment at RHS, Mrs. Smith spent one year as the Assistant Orchestra Director at Heath High School, and before moving to Texas in 2019, Mrs. Smith was the Head Director of Orchestras and AP Music Theory at Overland High School in Colorado. The OHS orchestra program was on the verge of extinction when Mrs. Smith first began her tenure, but during her five years at OHS, the program more than quadrupled in size, the orchestras received consistent superior ratings at festivals, and her students became a fixture of Colorado All State Orchestra. Mrs. Smith is passionate about string music education and feels incredibly fortunate to get to share her love of music with students every single day.
Mrs. Smith holds a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in conducting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mrs. Smith's primary instrument is violin, and she has been teaching private lessons since 2007. She is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and the Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA), and she was previously on the board of directors for Colorado's chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
In her spare time, Mrs. Smith enjoys hiking, running, cooking, and being outside. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Cody (who's a cellist and an orchestra teacher in Frisco ISD) and her dog Denali.