Musical Leaders

Nicole Smith, Conductor and Artistic Director

Originally from Miami, Florida, Ms. Smith received her BA with Honors in Vocal Performance at the Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. As a women’s college graduate, she’s particularly sensitive to the challenges and advantages of treble ensemble singing. Having a successful solo career in her own right, Ms. Smith has always treasured ensemble singing. Since moving to Sarasota in the Summer of 2013, she’s wasted no time immersing herself in the city’s thriving music scene. Currently Ms. Smith serves as the traditional Music Director for St. John’s United Methodist Church where she directs the handbell and vocal choirs, has served as the Soprano section leader in Choral Artists of Sarasota (formerly Gloria Musicae) for the past three seasons and has recently been appointed as their Choral Manager for the 2017-18 season.


Jonathan Spivey

Jonathan Spivey earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. A national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association auditions, his concert appearances include Long Island; Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall; Melbourne (Florida); Trondheim, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; and Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Spivey, Principal Keyboard for the Sarasota Orchestra, has been the pianist of the New Artists Piano Quartet of the Florida West Coast Symphony since 1991. He is a founding member of the Arioso Trio in Tampa. He has collaborated with several faculty members of the Sarasota Music Festival where he has been on the associate piano faculty since 1992. He serves as Organist at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, where he lives with wife, Yoko, and two children, Sebastian and Olympia.