Aaron Smith

Westfield, Indiana

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bachelor’s of Music (2015-2019)
Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Master’s of Music (2019-2022)

Col (ret) J. L. Berkheiser Chair

Percussionist Aaron Smith is an active performer and educator based out of Houston, Texas. He also serves as the Principal Percussionist with the Boise Philharmonic. Aaron received his Bachelor of Music Performance from Indiana University, where he studied with John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, and Michael Spiro. He recently completed a Master of Music Performance at Rice University, where he studied with Matthew Strauss.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
My favorite dish to make is homemade buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Samuel Barber, Gustav Mahler, John Adams

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
Playing some great music with new people, all in the beauty of Colorado.