|Kirsten Smith, piano • (916) 278-7986 • Send Email
Kirsten Smith received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Arizona State University, where her principal teacher was Steven De Groote. As a competition winner, she has been the recipient of awards, scholarships and invitations to musical retreats such as Interlochen, Aspen and the Van Cliburn Institute. She has performed extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician, and featured soloist throughout the country. A champion of new music, Ms. Smith enthusiastically pursues collaborative and solo works, often premiering new works by local composers.
Ms. Smith has been on the faculty of Sacramento State since 1996, where she teaches piano, music theory, accompanying and pedagogy. A passionate teacher, she was awarded the prestigious Pedagogy Enhancement Award to develop and implement a graduate-level pedagogy program. She is currently taking a leave from doctoral studies at the University of the Pacific so she can divide her time between college teaching, performing, and her private teaching studio in Sacramento.