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About Christine Smith
“I consider myself very lucky because I have been able to play all kinds of music with all kinds of people.” Christine Michelle Smith's career has indeed taken her all over the world for performance, studies, and research. Currently Principal Flute in the Kalamazoo (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra, Christine has performed with the National Symphony of Bogota in Colombia, South America; the Oklahoma City Chamber Orchestra; the Nebraska Sinfonia; and the Greater Lansing (Michigan) Symphony. A frequent recitalist and Chamber Musician, she was a member of the Oklahoma Wind Quintet when it made it's New York Carnegie Hall debut in 1985 and she made another Carnegie debut in 1997 with her brother Orcenith Smith, a tubist. Her solo alto flute performances include the premiere of David Ott's Alto Flute Concerto with members of the New Orleans Symphony at the National Flute Association Convention in 1989, part of which was featured on Karl Haas's PBS radio program Adventures on Good Music. In 1996 she recorded this same concerto with the London Symphony in the Abbey Road Studios. In 1997 she performed the Ott Concerto with members of the Chigaco Symphony and Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra for the 25th Anniversary celegration of the National Flute Association. In 1998 she was featured in a live interview and concert on National Public Radio's Performance Today from Washington, D.C.
Christine had her own adventure in good music when she was invited as a National Flute Association delegate to China in 1987, Russia in 1989 and Eastern Europe in 1992. These tours included solo and ensemble performances at Shanghai, Beijing, Amsterdam, Kiev, and Leningrad Conservatories of Music.
A student of Alexander Murray, Joseph Mariano, and George Morey, Christine has also worked on several occasions with legendary flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal, Geoffrey Gilbert and Marcel Moyse. She holds degrees in Music from the University of Oklahoma and Michigan State University, and her love of learning is outpaced only by her love of teaching. Currently Associate Professor of Music at Western Michigan University and a faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Camp, she is a frequent judge and clinician for competitions and festivals throught the country and has had articles published in various national music magazines.