Christian Smith has been on faculty at the BYU School of Music since 1997. In addition to his responsibilities as the bassoon professor, he teaches instrumental conducting, directs the woodwind chamber music program, and regularly performs with Orpheus Winds, the resident faculty wind quintet.
An active orchestral musician, Smith has played under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Raymond Leppard, John Williams, Joseph Silverstein, Maxim Shostakovich, Keith Lockhart, and others. Likewise, he has performed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Ballet West Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Flint (Michigan) Symphony, Michigan Chamber Players, Utah Chamber Artists, Colors of the Baroque, and the Canyon Winds woodwind quintet.
Currently Smith is principal bassoonist with the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. As a studio musician, he has recorded under the Telarc, Biddulph, Prima, Shadow Mountain, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir record labels, as well as for numerous film and television scores. From 1993-1997 he served as Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at Ricks College (Rexburg, Idaho) where he founded the Ricks College Chamber Winds ensemble and frequently conducted the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. His most influential teachers/mentors have been Clyn D. Barrus, Glenn Williams, and Richard Beene at the University of Michigan.
Additionally, he is a member of the Sundance Trio, along with fellow faculty member Geralyn Giovanetti and Jed Moss. The Trio has performed at multiple venues, receiving favorable reviews. In 2009 they released their first CD, which received 5 Crows, the highest rating from the International Double Reed Society.
In 2015, Smith conducted the BYU Symphony Orchestra in BYU's production, and the US premiere, of The Count of Monte Cristo.
He is married to Patricia Bonney Smith; they are the parents of eight children.
- BYU Magazine: Filing the Choir Seats (Fall 2007)
- BYU Magazine - Encyclopedia of Musical Alumni (28 December 2007)
- The Double Reed: Quarterly Journal of the International Double Reed Society. Vol. 32 No. 2, 131. 2009.