Isaac Smith is a composer and performer of bright, engaging, and accessible new music. His works for brass quintet and wind band have already contributed significantly to the repertoire of these burgeoning ensembles, and he has performed in the premieres of dozens of new works as a tubist, trombonist, pianist and conductor.
Isaac was born in 1991 in Sacramento, California. He was educated at California State University, Sacramento (2008-2012), Trossingen Hochschule für Musik (2012-2013), and received his Master's in Music Composition from the University of Oregon (2017-2019). He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington.
He has received numerous commissions from many esteemed musicians, including soloists such as tubist Alexis True, hornist Kennedy Youmans and bassist Bryce Holmes, small ensembles like Chyornii & Dorado and Teen Angst, and large ensembles such as the Sierra Nevada Winds, the Ponderosa High School Band and the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band & Temperance Society, Ltd.
His works have been performed and recorded in multiple countries by professional and academic ensembles in a large variety of settings.
He is an active performer of both new and classical music, having held tuba positions in multiple professional brass quintets, as well as performing with the UO Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble "Teuph", the trombone quartet "Bones of the Apocalypse", and the Grand Isle Fire Brigade, a German oompah and second-line band.
He is also a professional choral and vocal accompanist. He was the founding accompanist of the aging adult choir "Singers with Hart". He has worked as an accompanist with professional groups such as Chalice, Samantics, and the Sacramento Light Opera Theatre, as well as numerous academic choral groups in multiple states. He currently accompanies the soloists at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Sacramento.
In addition to his contributions to the world of new music composition and performance, Isaac is also an accomplished educator. For more than ten years, he has taught piano (both classical and jazz), trombone, tuba, and composition privately to a successful studio of young musicians. He was also a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon, where he managed the Oregon Composers Forum and designed and taught an intensive advanced engraving seminar to the undergraduate composers at the university.
Isaac currently resides in Sacramento, California, with his wife Pa Foua.