2017 Festival Orchestra: Christina Smith

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Christina Smith, flute

Christina Smith is one of the most sought-after flutists in the country as an orchestral player, soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. This is her 26th season as principal flutist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and her flute solos can be heard on 40 ASO recordings. She has also appeared with the orchestra numerous times as concerto soloist.

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she studied at the Curtis Institute of Music as a pupil of the legendary Julius Baker. Ms. Smith has also studied with Jeffrey Khaner, Tim Day, and Keith Underwood.

Ms. Smith has recently appeared as guest principal flutist with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, LA Philharmonic, and the orchestras in Vancouver, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul and Pittsburgh. 

Equally passionate about teaching, Ms. Smith serves on the faculty at Kennesaw State University and Emory University. She remains highly in demand to teach masterclasses across the country.

Ms. Smith plays a vintage solid platinum flute, handmade in 1938 by Verne Q. Powell. The flute was once owned by renowned flutist Joseph Mariano, and has a rare one-piece body. Ms. Smith lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.