Larry Alan Smith

  • Larry Alan Smith (Born in Canton, Ohio on October 4, 1955)

    Following his New York debut concert, Larry Alan Smith was praised by The New York Times as “a young composer of great gifts.” Since that time, he has developed an international reputation as a composer, performer, educator and arts executive. Many of today’s outstanding soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras have performed and commissioned works by Larry Alan Smith. Upon hearing the world premiere of his one-act opera, Aria da Capo, well-known Chicago-based critic Claudia Cassidy reported: “This is remarkable opera theatre . . . Smith has an ear for flaring brilliance . . . All this seems to me a true talent, primarily because I want to hear Aria da Capo again.”

    He began his earliest musical training in Ohio, and pursued his studies in France with Nadia Boulanger and at the Juilliard School with Vincent Persichetti. While earning his B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees at Juilliard, he was the recipient of several prizes, including the Joseph Machlis Prize for outstanding distinction in composition. During his final year of study, Dr. Smith was appointed to the faculty of the Juilliard School, where he taught from 1980-86. Previously, he was on the composition faculty of the Boston Conservatory.

    An award-winning and prolific composer, Larry Alan Smith is represented and published by the Theodore Presser Company. This relationship also includes exclusive worldwide distribution and representation of the Tallow Tree Music Publishing catalog. Tallow Tree is a publishing company that Dr. Smith formed in 2005. Bourne Music, E.B. Marks and Colla Voce Music also publish several of his works. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and he serves on a number of regional, national and international boards. He is currently the President of both the Vincent Persichetti Society and the Lotte Lehmann Foundation.

    In addition to his primary life as a composer, Dr. Smith also maintains an active performing schedule. He has guest conducted numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in England, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Germany and the United States. In 2013, he formed a music cooperative known as Aternus, and he serves as its Artistic Director. Dr. Smith is also an experienced pianist who frequently performs his own works.

    As an arts executive, he served as the Artistic and Executive Director of Wintergreen Performing Arts (and the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival) from 2006-14, President of the School of American Ballet from 1997-2000, Dean of the Hartt School at the University of Hartford from 1990-97 and Dean of the School of Music at the North Carolina School of the Arts from 1986-90. Dr. Smith is currently Professor of Composition at the Hartt School, Artistic Director of the Associazione Musicale Peligna in Sulmona, Italy and Music Director for Bowen McCauley Dance in Washington, DC. For the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, he will be serving as Composer-in-Residence for Il Coro della Virgola in Pescara, Italy.

    Larry Alan Smith was a Group XI Fellow of the Kellogg National Fellowship Program, a program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation designed to expand the nation’s pool of capable leaders. He is the President of Berg Associates, Inc., a Connecticut corporation providing a variety of arts-related services to individuals and organizations, and a Senior Advisor for Arts Consulting Group working out of the firm’s New York City office.

    Dr. Smith is a prolific poet who resides in Avon, Connecticut, with his wife, pianist Marguerita Oundjian Smith. They have four sons. Larry Alan Smith is a citizen of both the United States and Italy. For more information, visit

  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    494-03034 One Hour to Madness and Joy
    3:30 Flute
    144-40131 The Star-Spangled Banner
    For Solo Violin(arr.)
    1:30 Violin Unaccompanied
    494-03038 Songs without Words
    494-03031 Three Angularities
    144-40119 Three Contemplations
    8:00 Guitar Unaccompanied
    490-01177 Three Pieces for Piano
    392-01208 Ave Maria
    Two-Part A Cappella Female Choir (Or Children’s Choir)
    141-40017 An Infant Crying
    For Tenor (Or Soprano) and Guitar
    22:00 Voice with Instrument
    491-00652 Epigrams
    Voice with Piano
    491-00651 Five Haiku
    For Baritone and Piano
    Voice with Piano
    392-01209 I Dream’d in a Dream.
    For Four-Part Mixed Chorus and Piano
    SATB, Piano
    392-01210 Ille ego qui fuerim
    392-01211 Psalms of David
    491-00660 Three Songs
    Voice with Piano
    392-01212 Tre madrigali
    Chamber Ensemble
    144-40144 Dialogues
    For Eb Alto Saxophone and Piano
    2:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    144-40123 Euterpean Serenade
    For Violin and Piano
    494-03041 Fancie
    Horn with Piano
    144-40130 Poems
    For Two Harps (Or Two-Part Harp Ensemble)
    494-03036 Scat
    Flute Quartet
    14929 Sextet
    for Violin, Piano and String Quartet
    494-03035 Ti seguo . . . Mi segui
    4:00 2 Flutes
    144-40118 Trio
    For Three Flutes
    5:00 Flute Trio
    14924 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    17:00 Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; 2Perc. Str.
    14925 Concerto for Winds, Brass and Percussion
    14926 Crucifixus
    for Soprano and Orchestra
    16:00 Sop. Solo; 2 2 2(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 2 2 0; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    14928 Serenade for Marguerita
    for String Orchestra
    8:00 Str.
    14930 Symphony No. 1
    29:00 2 2 2(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 0; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    14932 Symphony No. 2
    17:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; 2Perc. Str.
    23608 Symphony No. 4
    21:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Concert Band
    495-00014 American Hymns
    Concert Band

  • Larry Alan Smith LARRY ALAN SMITH
    Albany Records (TROY796)
    Performer(s): Wroclaw Philharmonic, conducted by Larry Alan Smith
    Work(s): Crucifixus
    Serenade for Marguerita, Op. 24
    Symphony No. 2

  • 2006: Forrest Goodenough Fellowship for Composers and Songwriters from the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Group XI Fellow of the Kellogg National Fellowship Program

  • The Scrolls
    for Tenor, Flute, Clarinet and Viola