Caitlin Smith is a Canadian composer and writer based in Vienna, Austria.
After completing a BMus in Jazz Studies in Toronto, she studied big band composition in New York with Jim McNeely on a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. From 2005-2011 she led the 20-piece Tiny Alligator Large Band, a hybrid jazz-classical orchestra. She was a founding member of the Toronto composers’ collective Spectrum Music, and served as their Artistic Advisor from 2011-2014.
In the studio, she has acted as producer on several jazz orchestra and pop music albums, including two for Darcy Argue’s Grammy- and Juno- nominated Secret Society. She was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre and The MacDowell Artist Colony in 2012. In 2013 she participated in the Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop in Toronto. In 2015 she joined the artistic direction team for the Viennese ensemble Studio Dan.
Current projects include a chamber opera about Canada’s war in Afghanistan, as well as an album of post-tonal pop songs for a 7-piece ensemble and electronics.