Art Song Lab

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Graham A. Smith

Graham A. Smith recently completed his PhD in composition at York University in Toronto.  He was awarded a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his dissertation research which focuses on the requiem mass.  His dissertation was supervised by Michael Coghlan and includes an original requiem mass composition for large orchestra and chorus that has a duration of sixty minutes.  Graham also holds an MA in composition from York and a BMus from Queen’s University in Kingston.  While at Queen’s, Graham had the privilege of studying composition with John Burge and Marjan Mozetich. 

As a musician, Graham is active as a versatile freelance double bassist and electric bassist with more than a decade of professional performance experience in settings that include orchestral, jazz, chamber, singer-songwriter, musical theatre, folk, rock, and world.  Graham also maintains a private teaching studio in Toronto’s Christie Pits neighbourhood where he lives with his wife, professional cellist Erika Nielsen.