Caitlin Smith is a Canadian composer and writer based in Vienna, Austria. Her practice mines a wide variety of musical genres, exploiting both concrete and abstract aesthetic techniques to convey sung and spoken-word material on themes related to feminism, disability, and inequality.
After completing a Bachelor of Music degree from Humber College in Toronto, Smith studied composition in New York on a one-year grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and is otherwise largely self-taught. In 2005, she founded the Tiny Alligator Large Band, a hybrid jazz-classical orchestra, leading the ensemble in performances in New York and Toronto until 2011. During that time she was also the session producer on several jazz orchestra albums, including two for Darcy Argue’s Secret Society. She has been resident at the Banff Centre and The MacDowell Artist Colony, a presenting composer at the International Jazz Composers’ Symposium, and a participant in the Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop. She has served on the artistic direction teams for several new music collectives, including Spectrum Composers’ Collective (Toronto), and for Ensemble Studio Dan (Vienna). After moving to Vienna in 2012, she produced several episodes of a bilingual podcast, Radio Coffeehouse (Radio Kaffeehaus).
Her work has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, including composition grants from the MA7 Magistrat der Stadt Wien für Kultur, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, as well as prizes from the Women in Creative Music Award from the Canadian Federation of University Women, and the Sonic Geography contest from Musicworks. Smith is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers.