Kimo Smith attended the University of Hawaii, La Sierra University, and the University of Southern California. A student of Ladd Thomas at USC, he completed his bachelor and master degrees, magna cum laude, in Organ Performance. He was selected to receive the Organ Department Outstanding Achievement Award on both occasions. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society, and is listed in Outstanding Young Men of America. Dr. Smith holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University Of California, Los Angeles where he was a student of Thomas Harmon. He is a past winner of several competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and Music Teachers National Association. Dr. Smith is currently Assistant Professor of Music at La Sierra University where he is also Director Of Keyboard Studies, a member of the resident Brandstater Ensemble, and associate chair of the Department of Music. Having been involved in church music since the age of 12, Dr. Smith is currently organist of the University Church of Seventh-Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California, and the associate director of music, organist, and interim director of the Cathedral Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. His professional music activities also include a great deal of accompanying and chamber music which has taken him throughout the United States and various other parts of the world with touring groups and solo artists. Dr. Smith resides in Loma Linda with his wife, Cheryl, who is also a professional musician. They are the parents of Victor, Valerie, and Mallory, the grandparents of Justin, and soon-to-be grandparents of Jake.
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