Instructor of Guitar, Director of the UCA Community School of Music
Smokey Emerson began playing the guitar at age 12. After a few years of self-study he began classical guitar studies with Dr. Robert Chambers at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. After graduating from SWOSU with a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2000, Emerson began graduate studies with renowned guitarist Larry Hammett at the University of Oklahoma.
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Music Performance degree in 2003, Mr. Emerson moved to Conway, AR to begin teaching at Central Baptist College. In 2005, he joined the music faculty at the University of Central Arkansas as Instructor of Guitar. In addition to teaching guitar lessons, Mr. Emerson has also taught music theory, music literature, and music appreciation courses since moving to Conway. Emerson also directs the UCA Guitar Ensemble.
As a guitarist, Smokey Emerson has performed and recorded throughout the United States in a variety of musical settings. Although primarily a classical guitarist, Emerson is a well-rounded player, comfortable in a variety of musical settings. Since moving to Conway, Emerson has performed in several musical productions including The 1940’s Radio Hour, Jesus Christ Superstar, Big River, and The Man of La Mancha.