Linda Catlin Smith (MMus ’81)


Linda Catlin Smith received both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music from the University of Victoria. She grew up in New York City and moved to Toronto after completing her studies at UVic in 1981. Linda teaches composition at Wilfrid Laurier University as well as privately, has given lectures at many universities in Canada and devotes much of her time to writing music.

Her compositions have been performed extensively in Canada and internationally by renowned soloists and ensembles including Tafelmusik, California Ear Unit, Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver Symphonies, Arraymusic, Tapestry New Opera, Via Salzburg, Evergreen Club Gamelan, Trio Fibonacci, Eve Egoyan, Colin Tilney, Elissa Poole and the Del Sol, and the SuperNova, Penderecki, and Bozzini quartets.

Many of her compositions have been supported by commissions through the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Chalmers Foundation, SOCAN Foundation and Toronto Arts Council and in 2005 her work Garland (for Tafelmusik) was awarded Canada’s prestigious Jules Léger Prize. Linda was Artistic Director of the notable Toronto ensemble Arraymusic (1988–1993) and was a member of the groundbreaking multidisciplinary performance collective, URGE (1992–2006).