Dr. Gillian Smith
Applied Instructor
Violin, Viola

DMA, University of Minnesota
MMus, San Francisco Conservatory
BMus, Eastman School of Music

Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B4P 2R6
T: (902) 585-1512
F: (902) 585-1037


Dr. Gillian Smith enjoys a varied performance career which has included collaborations in chamber music performance with members of the Acadia University School of Music, the Dalhousie Department of Music, the Yale School of Music, the Juilliard School of Music, the Indiana University School of Music, and the University of Minnesota. She can be heard on “Live Wired”, a CD of contemporary Canadian chamber music recorded with members of the Acadia New Music Society. She has also recently recorded another CD with the Acadia New Music Society, “In Sonorous Falling Tones”, featuring compositions by Acadia University professor Derek Charke, to be released in winter/spring 2016-17. Gillian Smith has performed extensively in concerts, recordings, and broadcasts with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Winnipeg Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

A passionate and committed teacher, Gillian Smith is Instructor of violin and viola at the Acadia School of Music. She also serves as Head of the Upper Strings department at the Maritime Conservatory, and teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at the Conservatory. She is a coach with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and has been a member of the summer faculty at the Acadia School of Music.

Gillian Smith received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Peter Salaff and Syoko Aki, a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Camillla Wicks, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Jorja Fleezanis. She has also worked closely in summer studies with noted performers and pedagogues Kathleen Winkler and Roland and Almita Vamos.