Brianna Smith

Lecturer of Voice
Area of Focus: Music, Voice

Dr. Brianna Smith is a recent graduate of the Vocal Pedagogy program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where her Master’s and Doctoral work merited performance, research, and teaching experience both nationally and internationally. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Education and Performance from York College, Nebraska, where her love of individualized teaching was developed. Dr. Smith performed as Despina in Cosi fan Tutte with UNL Opera, along with performing in the world debut of Tyler White’s The Gambler’s Son, in addition to solo recitals and guest appearances.


Dr. Smith’s research interests include interpersonal practices in the voice studio, multidisciplinary voice care, and collaboration between voice experts. She presented research at the International Symposium on Performance Science in 2019 in Melbourne and again in 2021 virtually, along with presenting at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) conference in 2020. She was also accepted to present at conferences for both the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Vienna and the International Society for Music Education in 2022.


Dr. Smith earned the Outstanding GTA award from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts in 2020 for her instruction in Lyric Diction, Voice Skills, and Applied Voice courses. In 2021, she transitioned into the position of lecturer at UNL, and now teaches Applied Voice, Intro to Vocal Pedagogy, and Science of Singing. Dr. Smith is also an instructor at the 402 Arts Collective in Omaha, Nebraska, where she provides music education and mentorship to those of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and learning backgrounds, while also collaborating with other artists. Through her work with this organization and students aged 10-60+, she has a strong working knowledge and passion for different styles of vocal music, including musical theater, pop, bluegrass, and jazz, in addition to classical music styles. She is committed to building community among singers, encouraging lifelong learning, and using evidence-based practices. Her students have seen success in degree recitals, opera and musical performances, and NATS auditions.