|". . .Arguably
the best vibraphonist, that you probably never heard of."
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
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.