Ohio University

Senobia Smith West

Senobia Smith West

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Senobia Smith West

Artist Coach of Musical Theater

Senobia Smith West is an Ohio native growing up as a competitive singer within the inner city of Columbus, Ohio. Senobia joined the Ohio University faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Musical Theater Voice in Fall 2020. Senobia is a professional musician whose performance and teaching career combined spans decades.

Senobia's teaching experience began in college with her giving back to her community by offering voice lessons to her peers and local school-age children. Senobia has been a member of several competitive ensembles including the student-led African American Voices (AAV) Gospel Choir at Ohio State University. Senobia performed in many annual & charitable recitals, operas, and music festivals to include her performances abroad in Vietri sul Mare, Italy. Senobia has also performed in numerous Black History Month forums and events, offered through the University's Frank W. Hale Black Cultural center celebrating African American pioneering guest speakers to include Dick Gregory, Bobby Steele, Nikki Giovanni, Ronald Martin, and Yolanda King daughter of Martin L. King Jr, to name a few.

Following graduation, Senobia joined the United States Army where she began her career as a professional musician. Senobia started off performing for “10th Combat Support Hospital” in Fort Carson, Colorado. Later she joined the “4th Infantry Division Band” and began performing with them in and around the Colorado Springs community. Senobia continued performing and teaching as a professional vocal coach for several years. Senobia worked as a consultant on behalf of the 4th Infantry Division band screening incoming members of their musical talent. Coaching current and incoming vocalist looking to audition for the band.

With the “4th Infantry Division Band,” Senobia traveled to Denver, CO to perform at the Colorado Rapids stadium on "LIVE" National television. She traveled to Estes Park, Colorado to be featured in the 36th Annual Scottish-Irish International Tattoo, which included the Scottish Power Pipe Band from Fort Collins, Colorado, Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band from Edinburgh, Scotland, The 4th Infantry Division Army Band from Fort Carson, Colorado, The United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team from Washington, DC, and the 1st Marine Division Band, from San Diego, California.

Over the years, Senobia has performed for hundreds of thousands of people at heritage recognition events, tributes, luncheons, kickoffs, memorials, conferences, retirement ceremonies, military balls, and change of commands with the 4th Infantry Division Band. Senobia performed as both a soloist, and a vocalist for many of the small ensembles; The Rock Band: High Altitude, the Jazz combo: Mile High Band, and the Brass Quintet. She has also been featured as a soloist with the 4th Infantry Division's Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Big Band. This opportunity led Senobia to perform for many honored guests such as Major General (MG) David Rubenstein, Major General (MG) Paul LaCamera, Colonel (COL) Michael Place, Sergeant Major (SGM) Moore, Boxing Olympic Gold medalist Claressa Shields, and Boxing sensation Jacqui Frazier, daughter of Joe Frazier.

Today, Senobia continues to expand her professional teaching knowledge as an active member of NATS, the Voice Foundation, and WIMS. Senobia is an active professional musician in northern Virginia and throughout the United States. Being noted for touring with the Mile High Jazz band in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Fairbanks Community Jazz Band, in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Front Royal, Virginia based Yesterday Swing Orchestra. As well as, performing with the Shenandoah University Jazz Ensemble, and several jazz combos in Winchester, Virginia. As a private voice studio owner, Senobia uses what little free time she has to collaborate with local organizations and schools to help bring vocal health awareness and vocal hygienic practices to her community while simultaneously training the future voices of tomorrow.

Educational Background

  • M.M., Vocal Pedagogy specializing in CCM styles and Singing Health, Shenandoah University
  • B.A., Musicology, specializing in Classical Voice Performance, The Ohio State University
  • Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method Principles, Baldwin Wallace University
  • The New CCM Institute Principles, Shenandoah University

Classes Being Taught

  • Applied Voice