Patrick Smithers

London, Ontario, Canada

The Juilliard School, Masters in Trumpet Performance, 2023
The Glenn Gould School, Bachelors in Trumpet Performance, 2021

Canadian trumpet player Patrick Smithers is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School. He completed his undergraduate at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Canada. Patrick’s principal teachers have included Andrew McCandless, Christopher Martin and Raymond Mase. He previously attended the NRO in 2022 and is excited to enjoy another summer full of music in beautiful Breckenridge. Patrick is also the newly appointed second trumpet of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he will assume in the fall.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
My two front teeth are fake! Luckily it doesn’t affect trumpet playing.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, Giacomo Puccini

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

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
A ton of music!