Mrs. Holly Smardo
Holly Smardo founding member of the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestras and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, has had many years of successful Suzuki teaching, not only in Arkansas, but also in Kansas City, Washington D.C., and Illinois. Many of her violin students have gone on to very successful careers as performers and music students all around the country.
She has served as Concertmaster of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and currently performs with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) under the direction of Steven Byess. In addition, Holly is committed to bringing musical opportunities to Northwest Arkansas by working with the APO to develop programs such as Carnegie Hall’s Link Up.
Holly is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor’s degree in music education and an emphasis in performance. She has also completed long term teacher training with Carol Smith and Kent Perry, hence receiving a Master’s degree in Suzuki pedagogy and performance from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Holly has received training from many reputable Suzuki pedagogues including John Kendall, Carol Smith, Ronda Cole, Alice Joy Lewis, James Mauer, Michelle Higa George, Lorraine Fink, Joan Rooney, Stevie Sandven, and Carol Tarr.