Malcolm Smith, oboe
Dr. Malcom Wayne Smith has been Principal Oboe of the
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at
the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University since 1973.
Dr. Smith, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, received his Bachelor of
Music degree from the University of Kansas. He entered the
Juilliard School, earned his Master of Science degree, and then was
admitted to the first Doctor of Musical Arts class at the school
and graduated in 1970. While attending Juilliard, he studied oboe
with Harold Gomberg and was Principal Oboe of the Juilliard
Orchestra for three years under Jean Morel.
Before arriving in Indianapolis, Dr. Smith served as Principal
Oboe of the following orchestras: Vermont State Symphony Orchestra,
the Great Neck Symphony Orchestra, the Village Light Opera, the
Lake George Opera Festival (nine seasons), and the New Jersey
Symphony Orchestra (four seasons, Henry Lewis, music director).
He has appeared many times as soloist with the Indianapolis
Symphony Orchestra, with other performing organizations in
Indianapolis, and has given recitals around the country, including
Carnegie Recital Hall.
Dr. Smith began teaching private oboe lessons while he was a
student in New York City. He was a member of the faculty of Wagner
College, the University of Indianapolis and a Visiting Professor at
His students have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at
Northwestern University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New
England Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the
Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. These students
can be found teaching in high schools, universities and performing
in orchestras around the world.