School of Music Staff
Orchestral and String Activities, Recruiting, Special Events
Opera, Alumni Affairs
Charlene Wright Smith (BM in Organ Performance/Church Music, 1975, TCU) has been involved in the Metroplex for over 40 years as a choral and orchestral conductor, pianist, organist, handbell and children’s choir director and coordinator, vocal instructor and coach, drama director, and vocalist and accompanist for many ensembles, both vocal and instrumental in churches and schools alike. She toured Europe in the summer of 1974, studying organ with internationally-famous organists including Jean Langlais (France) and Michael Schneider (Germany). She also traveled to Brazil in 1977 with the Centurymen (100 Southern Baptist Ministers of Music from across the US) as their assistant manager and organist.
Director and Producer of the Kiwanis Club of Burleson Christian Music Talent Shows since 2006, Charlene has been involved in Taps ’N Tunes Variety Shows since 2004. In 2010, she sang in the TCU Symphonic Choir for the Brahms: A German Requiem under the direction of the world-renowned German conductor, Helmuth Rilling at Bass Hall. Previously, she has appeared with this choir at Bass Hall for the Verdi Requiem in 2007 and Carmina Burana in 2009, and at Carnegie Hall, NYC, for their 2000 and 2007 Christmas Concerts. While in NYC to sing at Carnegie Hall in 2000, she appeared with the TCU Symphonic Choir on the Today Show live from Rockefeller Plaza.
Charlene is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Fort Worth Chapter; Music Teachers National Association; Texas Music Teachers Association; Metroplex Music Teachers Association; TCU Women Exes; and the TCU Friends of Fine Arts. She is currently on the board of directors for Metroplex Music Teachers Association. Charlene works full time at TCU in the School of Music as an Administrative Assistant supporting the TCU Symphony Orchestra and strings division, opera, and various special events. She traveled to Argentina with the orchestra in 2013. Recently, she accepted the responsibility of supporting Dr. Till Meyn, Special Assistant to the Dean of Fine Arts for Community Relations, at TCU. She has been the TCU School of Music Alumni Representative since 2006.