Caitlin Smith

Violin, Viola, Suzuki in the Schools Teacher

Caitlin Smith

SAA Member


Farmington, MN
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Caitlin started playing Suzuki violin as a rambunctious four-year-old. Twenty-four years later, Caitlin holds a Master of Music from the Royal Academy of Music in London and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Brigham Young University. Caitlin has eleven years’ experience teaching violin to players of many ages and levels, from absolute beginner four-year-olds to twenty-something non-music-majors to retired empty nesters. Caitlin has played violin under maestros Robin Ticciati, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Semyon Bychkov, and Christopher Warren-Green at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Royal Festival Hall. While at BYU, Caitlin served as associate concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra and as a first violinist in the Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of the BYU Chamber Orchestra, Caitlin toured and performed in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including prestigious venues such as Budapest’s Liszt Academy and Beijing’s Poly Theater. Caitlin won the 2014 Utah Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Caitlin has presented her research on the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at several musicological conferences worldwide and has been published in journals. She recently enjoyed being on faculty at the Scotia Suzuki School of Music in Halifax. She also loves playing basketball and Bananagrams (but not at the same time).

Check out Caitlin’s website and YouTube channel (, which are all about making violin fun for kids and easier for parents.

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