Orchestra Conductors

JOAN LANDRY – Music Director

Joan Landry, the newly appointed Music Director of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, received her degrees from The New England Conservatory (B.M. in Music History) and The Hartt School (M.M. and A.D. in Orchestral Conducting). She also currently holds the positions of Music Director of the Cape Cod Symphony Youth Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony and Cover Conductor of the Boston Pops. On the Cape Maestro Landry has established a vibrant youth orchestra program with two ensembles where she has written and produced education concerts for the Cape Cod Symphony, creating innovative multimedia based productions that engage students and teachers alike. Joan also conducts Pops concerts including the sold out “Oh What a Night” series in April with the Cape Cod Symphony.   

Maestro Landry served as the Assistant Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony for three seasons, from 2006-2009, where she conducted fifty concerts per season. Joan's approach with audiences was always noted for its wit and accessible style as she guided listeners of all ages. Her ability to connect with her audiences and her attention to musical detail earned her praise throughout the state. The Classical Voice of Carolina stated that in Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, “Landry kept the orchestra perfectly balanced, providing an accompaniment that fit like a glove. Each and every element of the orchestral score was given its due.” 

In North Carolina Joan conducted the Classical Favorites, Friday Favorites, Pops, Education, Young People's Concert and Summerfest Series. Ms. Landry appeared in pops and young people's concerts with I Got Rhythm! Mickey & Judy's Hollywood, Jean n' Classics, Pink Martini, Dan Kamin Productions, Magic Circle Theater, Platypus Theater, Paperhand Puppet Intervention and Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket).

Maestro Landry came to the North Carolina Symphony from Honolulu, Hawaii, where she held the post of Associate Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony for three seasons. A strong advocate for education, Ms. Landry designed and conducted education concerts for over 100,000 students on Oahu. She also initiated a relationship between the Honolulu Symphony and Carnegie Hall’s LinkUP! program, bringing free educational materials and concert experiences to over 5,000 students. She was a frequent guest conductor in Honolulu, conducting Ballet Hawaii, The Honolulu Theater for Youth and Chamber Music Hawaii.

Maestro Landry has guest conducted the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Moldovan Radio, Karlovy Vary, Virginia, Milwaukee, National, Springfield MA, Midland MI and Northeastern Pennsylvania Symphonies.

James Russell Smith - Assistant Conductor

Serving as Assistant Conductor of the Arlington Philharmonic since 1991, JAMES RUSSELL SMITH is a versatile conductor, composer, and performer. He earned his Master of Music degree in Composition at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at Boston University. He has been on faculty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1986, where he is an Associate Professor of Theory and Composition and has been honored with the Dean of Curriculum Award. He has also served on the faculties at Boston University, the University of Wyoming, Middle Tennessee State University, and the Armed Forces School of Music.

In addition to his work in Arlington, Dr. Smith has conducted a range of groups, including the a cappella chorus Zerbazzyx, the Percussion Ensemble of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (GBYSO), the Delta Omicron Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of Southampton, England.

A respected composer, his works range from symphonic, chamber, and choral compositions, to pop, jazz, and film scores. Dr. Smith's works have been performed and commissioned by such groups as the BBC Orchestra in London, Back Bay Chorale, Arcadian Winds, CrossCurrents, Dinosaur Annex, the Marsh Chapel Choir at Boston University, the Burgett Ensemble, Underground Composers, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, and the Western Arts Festival, as well as by the Arlington Philharmonic and the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus. His symphonic work, "Quiet Earth," recently earned semi-finalist status in the prestigious Masterprize international competition in London, and will be broadcast by the BBC in 1998.

As an accomplished percussionist specializing in keyboard percussion, he has performed with orchestras in Boston, Memphis, Nashville and Michigan. He is a former member of the U.S. Marine Band ("The President's Own") where he was featured at state functions and on national tour as a marimba soloist.

Dr. Smith presently takes an active role in the Boston free-lance music community, where he has played with most major orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Harvard Chamber Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, New Hampshire Symphony, Portland Symphony, Alea III, Dinosaur Annex, and the Cantata Singers, among others. His versatility also ranges to performances with Celtic harpist Aigne Minogue, recordings with folk singer Diane Taraz, and performances in elementary and middle schools throughout the Commonwealth as a guest percussionist with the Spectrum Percussion Ensemble, as part of the Young Audiences of America program. Dr. Smith is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and now resides on the North Shore with his wife and two sons. In addition to his love of music and teaching, he is an avid golfer and a baseball fan.