Patrick Smith

  • Interim Assistant Chair
  • Coordinator of Music History
  • Associate Professor of French Horn and Music History
  • Phone: (804) 827-0374
  • E-mail: psmith7@vcu.edu
  • Office: Singleton Center, Rm. B-30

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, and Ridgefield (CT) Symphonies, Opera on the James, The Williamsburg Symphonia, The Oratorio Society of Charlottesville, and The American Chamber Winds. 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 and 7th Annual Julius Watkins Jazz Horn Festivals, regional horn workshops in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Delaware, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and numerous International Horn Symposia in California, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, and Australia.

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/Buffet Group USA Performing Artist. He has served on the faculties of the Eastern Music Festival and 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.