Rudy Wiedoeft - Sounds & Sights of the 20s

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Chad Smith


Chad Smith first developed his interest in Rudy Wiedoeft while studying with Wiedoeft protege, Ted Hegvik at West Chester University in 1992. As a "direct descendent" to the Wiedoeft style, Chad is continuing the tradition of keeping Wiedoeft's genius alive.

Chad's talent with multiple woodwind instruments has made him sought after as a Broadway, recording and concert performer. He has been a member of the Broadway orchestras of Wicked, Legally Blonde and Follies and has substituted on countless shows including 42nd Street, Spamalot, A Chorus Line, The Producers and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Chad has performed with numerous prestigious orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Albany Symphony and L' Opera Francais. He has also shared the stage with Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Pizzarelli, Frankie Valli, Bernadette Peters and Audra Macdonald to name a few.

His movie credits include The Informant!, with music by Marvin Hamlisch. Mr. Smith has been featured on television in Legally Blonde on MTV, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and the Tony Awards on CBS.

An award winning musician in various competitions, Chad has performed at music festivals all over the world, most recently the 15th World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, where he premiered SAX-O-PHILM. Some others include the North American Saxophone Alliance, Delaware Recital Series, Clarion University, West Chester Saxophone Festival, Newark Concert Series and the 14th World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia where he performed with the New Jersey Saxophone Quartet. He has taught saxophone and woodwinds at Messiah College, Nazareth College, West Morris Central High School, and West Chester University.

Chad E. Smith earned a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University where he was a student of Ted Hegvik. He later pursued a Master's in Saxophone and Woodwind Performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Ramon Ricker. Chad also studied briefly with the late woodwind virtuoso, Al Gallodoro and considers him an inspiration and mentor. Mr. Smith is a Selmer performing artist.