Faculty Profile

Evan Smith

Adjunct Professor of Saxophone

Education: BMus Ed, University of Northern Iowa, 2008; MM, James Madison University, 2011; DMA, University of Washington, 2017

Dr. Evan Smith is an innovative teacher and versatile saxophonist who is able to span numerous musical genres. He holds degrees in saxophone performance and music education from the University of Washington, University of Northern Iowa, and James Madison University.

A passionate advocate for new music, Evan has premiered numerous new works for saxophone, and enjoys collaborating with composers to expand the instrument’s repertoire. Outside the concert hall, Evan performs regularly in both jazz and pop genres, and is most notably a member of the acclaimed touring ensemble The Dip. Before moving to Seattle, he traveled the world as a musician for Holland America and Celebrity cruise lines and studied musical systems in Venezuela while teaching instrumental music at an international school in Caracas.

An experienced educator, Evan is one of the most in-demand private instructors and clinicians in the Pacific Northwest, and appears regularly at schools throughout the Seattle area. In 2015, Evan co-founded the Seattle Saxophone Institute, a week-long saxophone-specific summer camp for local high-school students. He maintains an active private studio of student musicians in Seattle and encourages his students to explore the full range of expressive opportunities of which the saxophone is capable