photo by Bob Brussak
"Brian and Natalie's playing is magical! Their connection to the music and each other creates a truly sacred space.
Their professionalism, talent, and great personalities make them easy to work with. You know that it all will be beautiful!"
- Amber Fetner, choir director
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens
Natalie and Brian Smith played their first wedding together in the Fall of 2005, a year before they themselves were married and since then have played many, many weddings together in all kinds of settings.
Their own relationship started with the Astor Piazzola piece Histoire du Tango. Natalie hired Brian to accompany her on this piece during a recital at the University of Georgia, and realized right away that making music together was something they loved to do.
Natalie is a free-lance flutist living in Athens, GA. She holds a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory from the University of Georgia. Natalie is principal flutist for the Gwinnett Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Georgia Ballet, and the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra (Anderson, SC), and she substitutes regularly with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. In addition to playing the flute, Natalie teaches private flute and piano lessons and is the executive director of HEART Music, a non-profit organization whose goal is to make high quality music education accessible to all Athenians.
Brian Smith is a performer and teacher living in Athens, GA. Brian is a founding member of the nationally touring ensembles the Georgia Guitar Quartet and Revien. Brian also plays guitar and bass for musical theater companies in Athens, Lawrenceville and Atlanta including Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre and Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Brian is an active arranger and composer for all of the ensembles he has performed with over the past 30 years. Brian currently teaches in the Athens area and is a founding member of the non-profit HEART Music where he brings his teaching expertise to high school guitar programs in the area.
PHIL SNYDER HONORARY MUSICSMITH
Phil Snyder is a cellist, classical guitarist and arranger living in metro-Atlanta. He studied guitar with renowned guitar pedagogue John Sutherland and holds a doctorate degree in guitar performance as well as a master's degree in cello performance from the University of Georgia. He is a founding member of critically acclaimed chamber ensembles the Georgia Guitar Quartet and Revien and has toured the nation with both groups. Dr. Snyder’s arrangements and compositions for guitar ensemble have successfully expanded the depth of guitar repertoire. Dr. Snyder currently serves on faculty at the University of North Georgia.