Nathan Smith


A native of Northern California, Nathan Parker Smith is an active performer and composer residing in Webster, New York. His compositions span a variety of instrumentation, genre, and media. Recent projects include music for the short films “Story” and “The Writer” directed by Andrew Ondrejcak, narrated by Tilda Swinton and starring Kyle Abraham. Music for “Outage,” an animation by Jennifer Levonian and Eva Wylie for Locust Projects in Miami. An hour long solo piano composition and performance for theater entitled “Landscape with Figures” in New Orleans. Concert band compositions for the International School of Luxembourg, and an orchestral work played by the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.

His large ensemble’s debut album Not Dark Yet, (2014 Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) has been described by Timeout New York as “muscular and bracingly intricate” and as “blockbuster, even bruising, music with little respite on the program” by Richard B. Kamins. The group has been noted for their unapologetically aggressive and engaging style, heavily informed by European heavy metal, 20th century classical composition and progressive rock. “...[a] seriously aggressive large ensemble… music that speaks loudly and carries a big stick, too.” Dave Sumner, Wondering Sound.

Smith has been a guest clinician, composer, and conductor at the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Connecticut, the University of Nevada Reno, and City College New York. He holds a bachelor's of music from the University of Miami Frost School of Music and master's of Music from the Eastman School of Music.


School of Music Responsibilities

  • Rock and Contemporary Commercial Music Theory and Composition


  • Eastman School of Music, M.M.
  • Frost School of Music, B.M.