Julia Smith

Born and raised in Texas, Julia Smith (1905-1989) achieved acclaim as a composer, pianist, and musicologist – but is is perhaps best remembered for composing the music for the University of North Texas alma mater. After graduating from UNT, Smith completed her graduate work at Juilliard and New York University.  She performed as a pianist in Orchestrette Classique, an all-woman chamber orchestra in New York City.  Later, she accepted a position at the Hartt School, where she founded the music education department.  Her scholarship focused on the life of Aaron Copland, but she also edited and published a Directory of…