Violinist and artist, Dr. Leslee Smucker, is committed to inter-media project performances, creative academic research writing, teaching, and artistic collaboration. Colin Clarke of "Fanfare" writes,
"...[Smucker's] imagination seems to know no bounds..." and "Leslee Smucker is a fearless violinist...It is as if solo violin is her natural mode of expression, free to express herself in a multitude of ways, to reveal interconnections or to juxtapose pieces in the most stimulating of manners.”
As a performer, Smucker’s solo projects often take the form of inter-media and employ the use of film, poetry, electronics, singing, and commissions. Her project Spiral Fantasies was premiered at Association Philomuses in Paris, and used French film from the 1920s as well as music by Telemann, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Piazzolla, and the poetry of Lorca. Her performance project and recording—called Personae—was released by Gega New and Naxos direct on the unknown solo violin music of poet Ezra Pound. Of Personae, David Saemann of Fanfare magazine writes, "Smucker’s Personae represents its own world, seducing the listener into its sources of contemplation and reverie.” She has performed Personae internationally at the Auditorium Clarisse in Italy, as well as several national performances. She has performed selections of Pound’s works at the Scottish Poetry Library, at a poetry reading even sponsored by the University of Edinburgh Cantos Project. The live performance of Personae includes a commissioned film in which Smucker acted and co-directed, as well as two commissioned musical works and a poem for the project. Her most recent project, Meshes, was premiered at Center for New Music in San Francisco. The work is focused on film by Maya Deren, along with music by Michel Van der Aa, Locatelli, Giacinto Scelsi, Lera Auerbach, Grazyna Bacewicz, Text by Rumī and Sappho, and a commission by Conor Abbott Brown.
Smucker's recording of The Logical Conclusion from Personae was featured on KGNU Denver/Boulder's "The Present Edge," a contemporary music radio show. Music from Personae and Meshes has also been featured on Sarah Cahill’s program “Revolutions per minute” on KALW San Francisco, where she was interviewed and played live in the studio.
Committed to chamber music endeavors, Smucker was one of 20 fellows in the debut performance of the Barnes Ensemble at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia with conductor Robert Whalen, co-artistic director Katherine Skovira, and Artists-in-residence JACK Quartet. She is the Artistic Director of Green Room Artists, a collaborative and innovative chamber group in based in Boulder, Colorado. An avid grant writer, Smucker has received several Dean’s Grants from CU Boulder, a Boulder Arts Commission grant for Green Room Artists, and a Colorado Creative Industries grant for her project Meshes.
Smucker’s creative research has lead to two publications including her essay entitled “Renaissance Man” which was published in the Ezra Pound Edinburgh Companion to the Arts, as well as a co-authored essay with Dr Carlo Caballero in the Cambridge Press publication Fauré Studies. She has presented her research at the 20th Biennial International Conference on Ninetheeth-Century Music in Huddersfield, UK.
As a teacher, Smucker has held positions as Visiting Violin Faculty at University of South Florida, Teaching Assistant at University of Colorado Boulder, and Teaching Assistant at University of South Florida. She has also served as a faculty member in the ACORN program, a teaching initiative that provides instruments and lessons to underprivileged children.