Timothy M. Smith is a seasoned conductor and veteran music educator - an Emeritus Professor of Music, who, in fall of 2016 assumed the position of Artistic and Music Director of the Sacramento Symphonic Winds, and is in his tenth season as Music Director and Conductor of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra. Retiring from academia in 2008, his teaching career included founding the instrumental music program at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and a twenty-two year tenure as Professor of Music at California State University, East Bay in Hayward.
In addition to his positions with the Sacramento Symphonic Winds and the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Professor Smith is in continuous demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician. He has conducted professional, collegiate and community wind bands and orchestras, as well as over 200 high school and junior high school honor bands and orchestras throughout the western, northwestern and mid-western states, and given thousands of clinics to instrumental ensembles in school and festival settings. As an educational conductor, Maestro Smith has conducted All-State level bands and orchestras in several states and worked with nearly every regional, county, and district- level honor band and orchestra in California and Nevada.
Professor Smith holds degrees in Horn Performance, Conducting and Music Education from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, and the prestigious School of Music at Northwestern University. He is a former member of the Stockton, Modesto, and Spokane (WA) Symphonies, continues to work as a freelance horn player in the Bay Area, and has served for several years on the professional coaching and performing staff at the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop.
Involved in music education on several different levels, Maestro Smith was honored by the California Band Directors Association with their highest form of recognition, the "Lifetime Achievement Award" and was named the California Music Educators Association Bay Section's "Outstanding Music Educator" in 2006. He held positions on the boards of a variety of professional music education organizations throughout California, and served for several years as Music Director of the multi-level Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County. Maestro Smith has been guest conductor of both bands and orchestras at the Pacific Music Camp, the Hayward La Honda Music Camp, the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, and the La Sierra Music Camp.