Anthony Smith has been playing the piano since he was 4 years old and has been singing for longer than he can remember! 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 is the Musical Director in Residence for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Richmond and he holds similar positions at Maggie Walker Governor’s School and the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts (Williamsburg, VA). Mr. Smith is also the Founding Conductor of the Peninsula Youth Wind Ensemble (Newport News, VA) and a member of the Virginia Chorale (Norfolk, VA). Anthony has also 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. Currently, Anthony’s work can be heard at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he serves as Bass Soloist and Section Leader, Cadence Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Fun Home, and Virginia Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of Mary Poppins!
Anthony teaches piano (classical, jazz, and gospel), flute, voice, and percussion (keyboard and classical). Former pupils of his have continued their studies at the Manhattan School of Music, 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.