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Randall Reid-Smith, of Barboursville, has served as the Governor’s Curator for the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History since June 2018. He continues to serve as the Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, a position he has held since 2006. In both roles, Reid-Smith administers the State Arts Office, the West Virginia State Archives, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the West Virginia State Museum. In addition, he oversees the Educational Broadcasting Authority, West Virginia Volunteer Services, and the West Virginia Library Commission. He is an accomplished opera singer who has won numerous competitions at the state and regional levels and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Music and Musicians. Reid-Smith holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Masters of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Glenville State College. Since the mid-1980s, Reid-Smith has maintained an international career as an operatic tenor. He taught at colleges around the country, and currently is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at West Virginia State University. Before returning to his native West Virginia, Reid-Smith served as the Director of Education and Outreach and Production at the Toledo Opera Association in Toledo, Ohio.
Favorite Art Form: Opera
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