ANDREW MARTIN SMITH
(b. 1984, Sharon, CT) is a composer, clarinetist, and entrepreneur based in Western New York. Currently a Senior Adjunct Lecturer at the State University of New York at Fredonia, he is also a faculty member at Interlochen Arts Camp, having previously served as an Adjunct Instructor at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and Owens Community College.
An experienced educator, Smith's dedication to pedagogy—and the complex task of fostering literacy, inclusion, and creativity within a broader contemporary music community—was celebrated during the 2018–2019 Academic Year when he was awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.
Smith has written a variety of compositions for solo instruments, voice, choir, mixed chamber ensembles, wind ensemble, orchestra, and electronic media. Through his music he explores the sonic ramifications of interdisciplinary influence and inspiration, highlighting the similarities shared between several seemingly disparate disciplines, artistic endeavors, and stylistic trends. His commissions include works created in commemoration of significant anniversary celebrations, and his compositions have been included in contemporary music festivals and conferences throughout the United States and Europe, including the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States Conference, the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, the National Student Electronic Music Event, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, the International Computer Music Conference, the Region 8 Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music's 31st Annual New Music Festival. Smith's music is available via the Beauport Classical and SEAMUS labels.
In 2010 Smith co-founded ADJ•ective New Music, LLC with composer Jamie Leigh Sampson. This organization strives to introduce contemporary music of all varieties to new audiences through group and private instruction, music production and publication, and dynamic presentations and public concerts.
Smith completed his doctoral studies in Contemporary Music at BGSU in 2014. He has received degrees in music composition and clarinet performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia (B.M. 2007) and composition from BGSU (M.M. 2009). His primary composition instructors have included Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, Burton Beerman, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Donald Bohlen, and Karl Boelter.
During the 2008 California State University Summer Arts program Smith received additional instruction in composition from Kenneth D. Froelich and Howard Frazin, while participating in master classes with Stefan Poetzsch, Kurt Rohde, Teresa Beaman, Guy Livingston, and members of the Kronos Quartet. He has been a participant in reading sessions with acclaimed new music ensembles, such as Dark in the Song // Contemporary Bassoon Collective and Alarm Will Sound.
Additionally, Smith is an active clarinetist, having previously performed with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Southern Tier Symphony, and members of the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra.