Percussion Area Coordinator & Assistant Professor
Doug Smith is Assistant Professor and Percussion Area Coordinator at Utah Valley University and an active freelance musician in Salt Lake City with groups like the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera. A few highlights of past experiences include performing as Principal Timpanist with the Tucson Symphony for five seasons and earning the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona under the direction of Norman Weinberg and Gary Cook. Prior to Tucson, Smith taught at the St Louis Symphony Community Music School for three years while maintaining an active freelance schedule with the St Louis Symphony and other professional ensembles. Before St Louis, he completed the Master of Music degree at Rice University under the direction of Richard Brown. Mr. Brown was a true mentor and opened many doors including an invitation to record the Bartók Sonata. While in Houston, Smith also performed as an extra percussionist with the Houston Symphony and as soloist after winning their annual concerto competition. The Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees were earned at University of Central Missouri where Smith studied with Michael Sekelsky and, as a high school student, Carol Helble.