CHAD SMITH, Chief Operating Officer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, is responsible for the management and operations of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra, artistic oversight and coordination of all Philharmonic programming, including the classical presentation series at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl, all educational initiatives, media, and centennial celebration planning. He served previously as Vice President of Artistic Planning at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as Artistic Administrator for the New York Philharmonic and began his career at the New World Symphony, where he was associate artistic administrator. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Music Academy of the West and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Avery Fisher Artist Program.
A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he earned a B.A. in European history from Tufts University and B.M. and M.M. degrees in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory.