Sam Smith | Director of Communications
A classical tenor and trained violist, Sam is also a life-long musician. He performed, recorded and toured with professional ensembles in San Francisco for many years, including the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, with whom he sang on Grammy Award-winning and nominated recordings. A career highlight remains his service as a board governor for the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (producer of the Grammy Awards). Here in Wichita, look for him teaching a music business course for Wichita State University’s new Media Arts program at Shocker Studios or singing with the Wichita Symphony Chorus and University Congregational Church choir.
Born and raised near Los Angeles, Sam eventually drifted north, making San Francisco his home for 18 years. When his fiancée Carmen was appointed professor of flute at WSU and principal flute of Wichita Symphony, they got married, loaded a truck, bid farewell to the Golden Gate and drove across the country to Kansas. Sam earned a B.A. in classics and history from USC and an M. Phil. in classics from King’s College, Cambridge University (U.K.), with further graduate work at Stanford University. He loves his native state, the movies, jazz, smart books, dapper hats, fast cars, riding his bike, looking at buildings, long trips, the National Parks, chile verde, the desert Southwest (his grandmother’s home country) and Kansas thunderstorms, unknown in California.