Candace Smith, American singer, 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 particularly active in the field of contemporary music before going on to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she specialized in medieval music under Andrea von Ramm. In Italy she studied with the late singer Cathy Berberian, among others. In 1994 she earned a diploma from the Rabine-Institut für funktionale Stimmpädagogik (Germany).
She has collaborated and recorded with numerous ensembles of early music including Sequentia (Cologne) and P.A.N. (Boston). Her first experience with early music composed by women was with her own ensemble, Concerto delle Dame (1978-89) an international group of musicians and one of the first to specialize in this repertoire. In 1991 she founded Cappella Artemisia, an ensemble of women whose repertoire is the music of Italian convents of the 16th and 17th centuries. This ensemble has six CDs currently available (on the Italian label TACTUS). In 1997, she began publishing this repertoire together with her husband, American cornettist Bruce Dickey, under the name of Artemisia Editions.
She is quite active as a teacher throughout Europe, working with singers of varying repertoires (both classical and non), actors, music teachers and, most recently, psychiatric patients. In this capacity she was also the assistant of Cathy Berberian, with whom she performed concerts of American music. She has held numerous seminars and workshops on the use of the voice, particularly in the field of contemporary music, for institutions and organizations in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She is currently on the faculty of the Bernstein School of Musical Theatre in Bologna.
Her diversified studies and eclectic musical interests have given rise to an extremely varied repertoire which she exhibits in concerts of early and contemporary music as well as cabaret.