Timothy Smith

Instructor of Orchestral Skills & Repertoire, Low Brass



Trombonist Timothy Smith’s tenure as 2nd Trombone with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra began in 2009. From 2016 to 2019, he served as Acting Bass Trombone. In the orchestral world, Mr. Smith has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Boston Pops, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Opera, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque.

Mr. Smith is an avid proponent of new works for trombone, and has led commission projects for several works, including Eric Ewazen’s “Triple Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra”, premiered and recorded by the BPO in 2012. Most recently, he led a consortium of 11 middle school bands to commission Viet Cuong’s Howls and Hymns, which was premiered in Western New York and showcased at the 2019 Illinois Music Educators Association Conference. Additionally, Tim has commissioned several other works for alto, tenor, and bass trombones and coordinated the Richard Myers Memorial Trombone Trio Composition Contest. In the realm of chamber music, Tim has performed with Tres Bone, a Maryland-based trombone trio, and was also a founding member of CT3, winners of the 2005 International Trombone Quartet Competition.

As a pedagogue, Mr. Smith maintains a private trombone studio in Buffalo, and serves as adjunct faculty at the Eastman School of Music, teaching Low Brass Orchestral Repertory. Timothy has also served on the music faculty of San Diego State University and the British School of Chicago, and is faculty at the annual Washington Brass Institute Low Brass Boot Camp. Tim is an active guest teacher, clinician and recitalist, having presented at a multitude of universities and conferences around the country, including the New World Symphony, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference, Texas State Trombone Day, and Eastern Trombone Workshop. Additionally, Tim is a frequent guest clinician and soloist with public school programs around Western New York.

Timothy holds degrees from Ithaca College and Northwestern University, and his primary teachers were Dr. Hal Reynolds, Michael Mulcahy, Charlie Vernon, Randy Hawes, Royce Landon, and Mark Fisher. Tim is an S.E. Shires Company Artist, and you can hear and read more about him at www.timsmithtrombone.com