Kerry Smith, Viola

Kerry Smith developed a love for classical music as a child and began playing the viola in elementary school.  As a young person, Kerry was lucky enough to spend summers at the quartet focused Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp on Lake Superior and there acquired a passion for chamber music through the mentoring of Evelina Chao. Kerry went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music with Sally Chisholm at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Music with Jutta Puchhammer at the Université de Montréal. Some of Kerry’s favorite musical memories include Masterclass programs at the Orford Art Centre and Domaine Forget in Quebec, the Musicalp Festival in Tignes, France, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford, and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center.

Kerry has had the privilege of interning at the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, run by Wu Han and David Finckel, and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry, Ireland, one of Europe’s foremost destination festivals. Kerry has held the position of Artistic Coordinator of the Minneapolis Music Company, frequent collaborator of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series, and was Associate Director of Brooklyn Rider’s Stillwater Music Festival. Kerry is now pursuing an MA/MBA in Arts Administration at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and working for the Linton Chamber Music Series.