Welcome! We have a great year of learning and performing ahead. Please use this site as a place for information. I'll continue to add more as I know more. - Ms. Smith
About Ms. Smith
Jill Hardin Smith is excited to join the Ligon family as the new Choir Director and Piano Lab Teacher! She grew up in West Texas, the daughter of an orchestra teacher, studying violin and piano as a youth. However, her love of singing eventually won her full attention and she graduated from Texas Tech University in 1994 with a degree in music education, emphasis in vocal and choral music.
During college, she was a member of the esteemed Madrigal Singers who performed throughout the community and toured Europe. She also enjoyed being a part of the college musical theater scene and after graduation, performed with the Fort Worth opera for two seasons before starting her family.
Jill was a middle school choir director in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 4 years and grew a program from 75 to over 200 students. Over the past 23 years, Jill has always been involved with music education of all ages. Such jobs have included an education director for a private music school, a preschool music teacher and the gold-winning director of the Peak City Singers of Apex. She's directed adult and youth choirs and orchestras at her church, taught over 15,000 private lessons and substituted for music teachers in Wake County. Recently, she was the Music Director for Finding Patience in Holly Springs and for Carolina Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) Beauty and The Beast and High School Musical and High School Musical. In January, she started CAPA’s Glee and Voices choirs for ages 7+ and loves guiding young voices to develop through these avenues.
Ms. Smith loves any precious time with her 3 children (ages 14, 18, 20) and understands how busy parents are. As time permits around her teaching and family life, she occasionally performs as a soloist or in community musical theater with her son. She is excited to be back in the classroom full-time and for the opportunity to keep the Ligon choral program excelling to its best!