Christian Smith is Professor of Bassoon at the BYU School of Music. Beyond his responsibilities with the bassoon studio, he teaches instrumental conducting, directs the woodwind chamber music program, and regularly performs with Orpheus Wind Quintet, the resident faculty wind quintet.
An active orchestral musician, Dr. Smith has played under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Raymond Leppard, John Williams, Joseph Silverstein, Maxim Shostakovich, Keith Lockhart, Craig Jessop, and Mack Wilberg. Likewise, he has performed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Ballet West Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Flint (Michigan) Symphony, Michigan Chamber Players, Utah Chamber Artists, Colors of the Baroque, and the Canyon Winds woodwind quintet.
Currently he is principal bassoonist with the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
As a studio musician, he has recorded under the Centaur,Telarc, Biddulph, Prima, Shadow Mountain, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir record labels, as well as for numerous film and television scores. From 1993-1997 he served as Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) where he founded the Chamber Winds ensemble and frequently conducted the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
His most influential teachers/mentors have been Glenn Williams (BYU), Clyn Barrus (BYU), and Richard Beene (University of Michigan).