Candace Smith

Candace Smith was born in Los Angeles but has lived in Europe since 1975 (in Italy since 1978). She received her Bachelor’s degree in music in California (CSUN) and was active in the field of contemporary music before going to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), where she specialized in medieval music under Andrea von Ramm. In Italy she studied with, and was the teaching assistant of, Cathy Berberian, with whom she also performed concerts of American music. In 1994 she earned a diploma in vocal pedagogy from the Rabine-Institut für funktionale Stimmpädagogik (Germany). Active as a teacher throughout Europe, Candace has worked with singers of varying repertoires, actors, music teachers, psychiatric patients and others. Since 1995 she has been on the voice faculty of the Bernstein School of Musical Theater in Bologna, and at the Accademia Teatrale Veneta in Venice since 2012. She has collaborated with numerous ensembles of early music including Der Studio der Frühen Musik (Basel), Sequentia (Cologne/Paris), P.A.N. (Boston) and The Newberry Consort (Chicago). Her ensemble, Concerto delle Dame (1978-89), was one of the first to specialize in early music composed by women. In 1991 she founded Cappella Artemisia, dedicated to the repertoire of Italian convents of the 16th and 17th centuries ( The group has appeared at prestigious festivals of early music in Europe and North America and has nine CDs currently available. Together with her husband, American cornettist Bruce Dickey, they publish this repertoire under the name of Artemisia Editions.