A native of Dallas, Texas, Brittany Harrington-Smith is an active performer, teacher, and reed maker. She received her Performer’s Diploma and Master of Music degree at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts under the direction of Wilfred Roberts. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with high honors at the Eastman School of Music under the auspices of John Hunt and Charles Bailey. Additionally, she was a member of the Catherine Filene Shouse Chapter of the Arts Leadership Program; a selective and rigorous curriculum designed to educate students in the entrepreneurial side of the music industry.
As an active performer, Brittany free lances in the DFW Metroplex, regularly performing with the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, and Abilene Philharmonic to name a few. She has also appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and Empire State Lyric Theatre. In 2013, Brittany won the concerto competition at Southern Methodist University and performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. She was also invited to compete at the Young Texas Artists competition in March 2013.
Brittany has participated in select music festivals including: Aspen Music Festival (bassoon fellow), National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, Lakes Area Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Round Top Festival Institute, and Eastern Music Festival.
Brittany is a founding member of The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet; an innovative chamber ensemble that pushes the limits of creativity and entertainment in instrumental music. The Breaking Winds keep a dynamic schedule of high-energy performances which feature a broad range of music accompanied by skits, costumes, props, drumming, and dancing. Advocates of music education, the Breaking Winds perform for audiences across the United States, most recently with tours in Nashville, Asia, Chicago, New Haven, CT, and Dallas-Fort Worth. Additionally, their first album, Breaking In, was released summer of 2013.
As a music educator, Brittany maintains a private studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and teaches masterclasses across the Metroplex. Additionally, she has coached the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra bassoon section and was a faculty member and artist-in-residence with her quartet at Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp. She is also a published arranger of bassoon music through TrevCo Music Publishing.