Zeek Smith

piano, organ, stage director, actor, conductor, baritone or bass voice, handbell choir, chorus
biography
Whether it is on-stage or in the pit, Zeek Smith, has established himself as both a successful Musical Director and Performer over the past decade. As a graduate from Jacksonville University with a BA in Music, he received several distinctions including but not limited to: Assistant Conductor of the University Choirs, student presenter at the JU Honors Symposium on the Sung Psalm in Early Roman Liturgy, and was honored for his service to the University Choir program as both Conductor and Pianist. He brought his career at JU to a close with a presentation of Joseph Haydn's Missa Brevis in F Major in which he prepared and conducted an ensemble of vocalists and instrumentalists comprised of University students and faculty.

He is proud to serve on the board for the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists, where he performs the duties of Webmaster. He has recently been appointed to the position of Choirmaster and Organist at Community Presbyterian Church where he works with several large ensembles including the Chancel Choir, and the Glory Ringers Handbell Ensemble, and several small seasonal ensembles including the Junior Choir and the male quartet 4Given.

As a keyboardist, Zeek has recently collaborated on projects at The Limelight Theatre for [Title of Show] (Musical Director/Larry), as well as at the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre including: Tick… Tick… BOOM! (Stage and Musical Director), Dirty Blonde (Musical Director/The Pianist),  Songs for a New World (Stage and Music Director/Piano), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (MD/Piano), The Last 5 Years (MD/Piano), Once on this Island(MD/Piano), Jerry's Girls(MD/Piano), and Little Shop of Horrors (MD/Piano). He has also worked with Theatre Jacksonville's Summer Camps and also at Players by the Sea in such shows as: Next to Normal (Synthesizer); The Wildest (Piano); and The Who's Tommy (Synthesizer). He has been seen on stage in several regional productions including Street Scene (Carl Oslen) at Jacksonville University, The Hot Mikado (Ensemble) at Theatre Jax, The Gondoliers (Giuseppe) at JU, The Pirates of Penzance! (Ensemble) with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, The Drowsy Chaperone (Ensemble) at Theatre Jax, Der Vampyr (Davenaut) at Jacksonville University, Parade (Starnes) at PBTS, and HMS Pinafore (Ensemble) with the Central Florida Lyrics Opera. Zeek has also composed the music for Veddy Theatre Group's winter children's theatre productions (The Quilt-maker's Gift and A Time for Everything). In his spare time, he enjoys learning to play the guitar and cello as well as collecting antique music scores and hymnals.

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    Reviews
    Tick Tick Boom
    2014-06-16 EU Jacksonville, Jacksonville
    ""This production has been staged with sharp skill. The lighting was dynamic and added much to the flow of the action...The Direction by Zeek Smith ensured that each lyric was perfectly clear and his gift for extracting natural performances from his actors yielded a strong work on that front."
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      (Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom)
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      Tick Tick Boom
      2014-07-19 Buzz Entertainment Resource, Jacksonville
      ""The show is under the direction and musical direction of Zeek Smith. With 15 songs, music is the show's strength. Smith assembled a stellar four-piece band...and a vocally talented cast."
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        (Tamara McClaran)
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        Songs for a New World
        2013-12-14 Buzz Entertainment Resource, Jacksonville
        "If you're looking for a beautiful evening of music, look no further than Songs for a New World...The talented Zeek Smith has taken on both the direction and musical direction of Songs for a New World, and created a very satisfying show. The cast is comprised of four excellent singers – Hector Gonzalez Toro, Jennifer Paulk, Madaline Hill and Tyler Harwood...The wonderful voices are accompanied by a talented orchestra led by Smith on piano..."
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          (Tamara McClaran)
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          Songs for a New World
          2013-12-10 EU Jacksonville, Jacksonville. FL
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          "Zeek Smith is both the Director and the Musical Director of this excellent production….theatre is meant to take its audience on a journey, and this is certainly an interesting one. Mr. Smith cast this show in an exemplary manner with performers who have the ability to understand human needs and to see their consequences. The entire ensemble and orchestra performed the complex songs with confidence, passion, sensitivity, and precise dynamic shading."

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            (Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom)
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            The Mystery of Edwin Drood
            2013-09-11 EU Jacksonville, Jacksonville
            ""Musical Director ZEEK SMITH, in addition to all his other work at various local theaters, has found a home at ABET, where this is his fourth show. Mr. Smith has assembled an outstanding orchestra with Hector Luis Gonzalez Toro Jr. on keyboard 2, Damon Martin on bass, and Alex Smith handing the percussion. This is a complex show as Smith must be prepared with alternate songs for the characters identified by the audience as the murderer. "
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              (Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom)
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              The Last Five Years
              2013-06-17 EU Jacksonville, Jacksonville
              ""Mr. Smith has been very much in demand as a Musical Theatre Director and a keyboardist and has been involved in a number of projects on the local scene including "Once on this Island", "Jerry's Girls", "Next to Normal", "The Wildest", "Little Shop of Horrors" and " Tommy". He is also a fine singer and we have had the opportunity to enjoy his talents several times in the past."
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                (Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom)
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                Once on This Island
                2013-03-18 EU Jacksonville, Jacksonville
                "The superb orchestra tucked away back stage was under the direction of Musical Director Zeek Smith, also on keyboards and percussion. Other musicians included Daniel Dickinson, reeds and percussion; Damon Martin, bass and percussion; and Landon Baker, percussion. The Caribbean style music was played to perfection.
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                  (Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom)
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                  Little Shop of Horrors
                  2011-09-12 EU Jacksonville, Jacksonville
                  "Zeek Smith, usually found on local stages as an actor or musican, is making his debut as a Music Director in the North Florida area. Mr. Smith is a Music Education student at Jacksonville University, and wisely selected an orchestra that played flawlessly, with Aaron Marshall and Bobb Robinson on keyboards, and Mitchell Register on percussion.
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                    (Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom)
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