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Joseph Smith


A composer, arranger, orchestrator, producer, performer, educator, and college administrator, Joe has a broad and diverse musical vocabulary spanning many genres, with professional experience in all.

As a composer, arranger, and orchestrator for film and television, he has worked on a range of projects including Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, National Geographic, Bull Durham, and Missing in Action 3. Joe also served as Dean of the Professional Writing Division at Berklee College of Music for 10 years and was a Professor in the Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production Departments.

As a performer on French horn and electric bass, he has played in ensembles ranging from blues bands to symphony orchestras. As a composer and arranger, he has contributed to live and recording projects for such artists as Kenny Loggins and Leni Stern; musical reviews; jazz ensembles; television; films; and studio orchestras.

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University, a professional diploma in arranging and composition from Berklee College of Music, and an M.M. in media writing and production from the University of Miami.

He is a member of The Society of Composers & Lyricists, ASCAP, and the Los Angeles Musicians Union. He currently lives in the Berkshires with his wife Christianna Kavaloski, (a brilliant and talented ballet teacher) and their dog Henley (a professional foodie).

Joe discusses why he joined the creative team of A Pint of Understanding:

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