Christopher P. Smith

Christopher P. Smith


Christopher Smith studied trumpet with Scott Thornburg at Western Michigan University and with James Thompson at the Eastman School of Music. His father being a music director, music has always been a part of his life. During his trumpet studies, he swore that he would change professions if he did not get hired in a professional capacity before his 30th birthday. Fortunately, before finishing his master’s degree, he won the audition to become a member of the “The President’s Own” orchestra of the US Marine Corps. The program of his first concert with the OSM in 2008 comprised A Hero’s Life by R. Strauss and François Dompierre’s Les Glorieux, commissioned by Kent Nagano. He will always remember meeting Guy Lafleur that very evening!

Joined the OSM in: 2008

Chair: Trumpet

Model of instrument: Yamaha with Wedge mouthpieces

Hometown: Muskegon (Michigan)

Prizes and scholarships: Winner of the Brevard Music Center’s Concerto Competition in 1997

Favourite composers: Mahler, R. Strauss, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff

Favourite works: Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, R. Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony

Interests: Photography, CrossFit, surfing, wine and whisky tasting, sous-vide cooking, University of Michigan football, spending time with his wife and his cat Brutus