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". . .Arguably the best vibraphonist, that you probably never heard of."
—Pittsburgh Gazette

Born in Cincinnati and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Cecilia Smith began her musical odyssey at age eight when she began piano lessons. By age twelve, she had added drums to her repertoire and by age fourteen, she was on to mallet percussion. In her early teens, Cecilia's studies in music theory with graduate students at the Cleveland Music Institute led to her discovery that music would be her life's quest.

Upon graduating from high school, Cecilia attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. While at Berklee, her pursuit of knowledge only increased as she studied a wide range of subjects including composing, arranging, film scoring and her instrument of choice, the vibraphone. These components and a wide range of professional experience have enhanced her expertise in a variety of musical styles. Smith earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Professional Music from Berklee and continued there in a teaching capacity for four years before moving to New York City.

As a professional composer and recording artist, Cecilia Smith has been granted a number of commissions and grants for her composing abilities. Cecilia is also an avid MIDI PROGRAMMER. She is currently one of the leading vibraphonist of the Four-Mallet Technique, in the United States. Smith is also the first woman to release material on vibraphone on a national and international level. She has performed in concert halls, nightclubs and festivals throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia and frequently has been highlighted as a performer on national radio and television broadcasts.

 


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