Dr. Jack Schmidt is a professor of music and Chair of the Department of Liberal Arts at Delaware Valley University where he conducts the Jazz Band and the Symphonic Band.
Dr. Schmidt’s research specialty is seventeenth-century German sacred music. He has published articles and presented papers on related topics for the American Musicological Society, the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, the College Music Society, the Miami Bach Society, the Maryland Arts Festival, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Presently the music director of the Palisades Community Chorus and associate conductor of the Doylestown Symphonic Winds, Dr. Schmidt has conducted numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles including performances at the 1996 Oregon Bach Festival. He has recorded CDs for Polygram and Liturgical Press with the Schola Cantorum of Chicago.
In addition to his teaching and conducting, Dr. Schmidt has led study abroad programs in Vienna, Salzburg, Venice, Prague, Paris, Rome, Peru and Berlin.
Formerly a trombonist, Dr. Schmidt was an active freelance musician based in Chicago, appearing with numerous orchestras, brass quintets, and other ensembles throughout the Midwest. He studied trombone with Edward Kleinhammer, a long-time bass trombonist of the Chicago Symphony, and conducting with Helmuth Rilling, Donald Neuen and Rex Hicks.
Prior to his appointment at DelVal, Dr. Schmidt was on the faculties of Towson University and Elgin Community College.
In 2012, Dr. Schmidt was awarded DelVal’s Outstanding Faculty Award.
- Liberal Arts
- Ph.D., Northwestern University
- Master of Music, DePaul University
- Bachelor of Music, Wheaton College (Illinois)