Henry Charles Smith won the Grammy with the Philadelphia Brass Quintet for the “Best Classical Record of the Year” in 1969. While on the conducting staff of the Minnesota Orchestra, he conducted over 1,000 concerts. As solo trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he played more than 2,000 concerts with Eugene Ormandy and many other of the 20th Century’s greatest conductors. As trombone and euphonium soloist, as chamber music player, and as writer and editor, his recordings and editions are internationally known.
His guest conducting includes the Detroit, Dallas, and Kansas City Symphonies, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the National, San Antonio and Indianapolis Symphonies.
Maestro Smith has served on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music, Indiana University, Temple University, St. Olaf, Luther and Bethel Colleges, and the University of Texas. He is Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University.
Henry Charles Smith is frequently a guest conductor, speaker, clinician and soloist across the United States. He has conducted the Young Artist Orchestra at Tanglewood and was Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp for 16 years. The Maestro spent twelve seasons as Music Director and Conductor of the South Dakota Symphony. In recognition of Maestro Smith’s unparalled contributions to South Dakota’s appreciation of quality classical and pops music, the 2000-2001 Season of the South Dakota Symphony was officially proclaimed by Governor William J. Janklow as “The Season of Maestro Henry Charles Smith III.”