An internationally acclaimed horn player, music educator, lecturer and clinician, Dr. Patrick Smith actively challenges and stimulates students in both performance and academic settings. A native of Gainesville, FL, he attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate and doctoral studies, earning a Bachelor of Music Education Degree Cum Laude, Doctor of Philosophy Degree, and Performer's Certificate. Additionally, he earned a Master of Music Degree in Horn Performance from the Hartt School of Music. His teachers include David Jolley, Paul Basler, and Bruce Atwell.
Smith is an alumnus of the Aspen and Brevard Music Festivals and has performed with numerous professional and regional ensembles including the North Carolina, Richmond, Tallahassee, Florida West Coast, Gainesville, Lynchburg (VA) and Ridgefield (CT) Symphonies, Opera on the James, The Oratorio Society of Charlottesville, The American Chamber Winds and the Carolina Wind Quintet. He has appeared as a soloist with the Emerson String Quartet and made his Carnegie Hall debut in March 2008.
Smith has been an active member of the International Horn Society since 1993 and served as the Virginia representative for the organization from 2008-2012. Recent performances include the 6th Annual Julius Watkins Jazz Horn Festival, regional horn workshops in Tennessee, Delaware, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and International Horn Symposia in the United States and Australia.
Smith is the President Elect of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) and will host the International Horn Society's 2013 Southeast Horn Workshop. An expert on jazz French horn history and repertoire, Patrick is the author of Chronicle of a Phantom: The Julius Watkins Story, which chronicles the life and legacy of the first great American jazz French horn artist. Smith performs on the Hans-Hoyer G10-AL1 horn and is a Hans-Hoyer Performing Artist. He has served on the faculties of the Eastern Music Festival, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is currently Associate Professor of Horn and Music History at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.