Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Reid Smith
As a cellist Smith performed with orchestras throughout Georgia, Missouri, and Michigan. His teachers include Dr. Diane Winder, Anthony Elliott, Debra Fayroian, and Suren Bagratuni. Passionate about eclectic styles of music Smith regularly plays and performs Bluegrass, Old Time, Swing, Jazz, and many other styles of music. His love of various styles comes from his time in the Saline Fiddlers as a student, Assistant Director, and Artistic Director.
As a teacher Smith’s orchestras performed at the Georgia Music Education Association Conference, and the ASTA National Conference in 2007, and the Midwest Clinic in 2008. His time in St. Charles, MO was spent building a program from 40 students to 160 when he left in 2010 to pursue his graduate degree.
Smith earned a full Graduate Assistantship from MSU where he taught World Music, A History of Rock from Elvis to the Present, and String Pedagogy. During his time at MSU Smith was nominated for the Somers Excellence in Teaching Award, was a finalist for the university wide Citation for Excellence in Teaching, and observed string student teachers while Dr. Judy Palac was on sabbatical.
During his time in Farmington, Smith grew the high school program from 68 students to over 100 while commissioning works for his orchestras from Dr. Michael Hopkins of the University of Michigan and Brad Phillips, artist in residence at the Purple Rose Theatre.
Smith lives in the area with his wife, two sons (Lloyd & George), and black lab. He enjoys spending time with his family, going to the lake, fly fishing, and cooking.