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Michelle Smith Johnson,                               clarinet

Michelle Smith Johnson, a fierce advocate for Music Education, is currently serving as an orchestra director for her ninth year with Roanoke City Public Schools, where her ensembles consistently earn Superior Ratings at Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (VBODA) Concert Assessment. Due to her outstanding achievements in music education and her positive impact on the lives of her students, Michelle was honored as John P. Fishwick Middle School's 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Michelle also serves as the Director of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra's Roanoke Youth Symphony String Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra. During her tenure with the Roanoke Youth Symphony, these ensembles have grown from 14 students to over 50 members. 

Michelle holds performance and Music Education degrees from Radford University and completed her Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While at Tennessee, she served as principal clarinetist and E-flat clarinetist for the UT Wind Ensemble, as well as conductor of the UT Concert Band.

Ms. Smith Johnson is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and an honorary member of Pi Kappa Lambda, a National Music Honor Society.

In her spare time, Michelle loves hiking, cooking, movies, and spending time with her husband Sheldon and their two adopted Shih Tzus Song and Justine.