Caitlin Smith is a Canadian composer and writer based in Vienna, Austria.
After completing a BMus in Jazz Studies (saxophone, composition) 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.
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, and in 2013 she participated in the Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop in Toronto.
After moving to Vienna in 2012, she produced a bilingual podcast, Radio Coffeehouse (Radio Kaffeehaus) with writer Rebecca Vogels. From 2015-2017 she served on the artistic direction team for the Viennese experimental music ensemble Studio Dan.
Current projects include an album of experimental protest songs for chamber ensemble and four voices, as well as an opera based on the play CRIME: USA by American playwright Alix Lambert.