Anthony Smith has been playing the piano since he was 4 years old. From there, he continued learning and is now formally educated in flute, piano, percussion, and vocal performance. Anthony has won several regional and national competitions on each of his primary instruments and has also had the privilege of studying with and participating in masterclasses led by some of the the top artists in the world, including Ransom Wilson, Michael Parloff, and Evelyn Glennie.
Anthony has worked as pianist, vocal coach, musical director, and orchestrator for several professional theater companies across the country. He has enjoyed a long collaboration with Virginia Repertory Theatre, where his credits include: The Color Purple, Nunsense, Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas, Always Patsy Cline, The Producers, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and several others. Outside of VaRep, his most recent regional and educational credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch – RTCC Nomination (Best Musical Direction) [TheatreLab RVA], Carrie – RTCC Nomination (Best Musical Direction) [5th Wall Theatre], Trojan Women: A Love Story, Spring Awakening [University of Richmond], and Threepenny Opera [College of William and Mary]. In addition to his professional theater credits, Anthony has lent his talents to high school productions of Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Gypsy, Into the Woods, Schoolhouse Rock: Live!, and several others.
Anthony teaches piano (classical, jazz, and gospel), flute, voice, and percussion (keyboard and classical). Former students of his have gone on to study at Vanderbilt University, University of North Texas, Arizona State University, James Madison University, the Eastman School of Music, and many others.
Anthony’s teaching philosophy is simple: to help his students meet their short and long term goals through education, support, and performance.