Smith first expressed interest in the position in October, after the CSO’s board had established a search committee and was seriously considering one other candidate. In the end, Smith was endorsed by the board unanimously.
"The CSO has been on a tremendous upward swing since 2010," Smith says. "Having said that, I firmly believe that our brightest days are ahead of us. The number one priority is to not only continue that trend, but raise the bar. We have the ability now to really work as a team, with all the members of the CSO family and our supporters working together to make a first-rate orchestra that serves its community like no other."