Music director Steven Smith has led the Olathe Community Orchestra since 1985. Steven holds a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Washburn University of Topeka. He has participated in master classes at the Conductors’ Guild Summer Institute at the University of West Virginia, the Blomstedt Conducting Workshop at Loma Linda University in Riverside, California, and the Escuela de Perfeccionamiento “Vida y Movimiento” in Mexico City, Mexico. Steven served as the assistant conductor for the Orquesta Mexicana de la Juventud in Mexico City in 1982. Steven conducts regularly at Theatre-in-the-Park in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, appearing in at least one production per summer since 1985, and he received the 1997 Founders’ Award for his work there. Steven appears frequently around Kansas City as a saxophonist, violist and arranger with such groups as the Silverwood Quartet (classical), Annalee and the Lucky So-n-Sos (swing), The Brian McCarty Band (polka), and the rhythm-and-and-blues band Loosenz with the Tighten-Up Horns. He is founder and leader of the Sunflower Ragtime Orchestra, an authentic early-Twentieth Century music ensemble. Steven is director of orchestras at Paseo Academy, Kansas City’s high school for the performing arts. Steven lives in Olathe with his wife, flutist Emily Smith, and their son Gregory.