Dennis Smylie studied with Joseph Allard, Stephen Freeman, Alfred Zetzer, Kalmen Opperman and Bill Street. Professor Smylie, one of today's most distinguished bass clarinet players, is a member of the American Symphony and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Louis and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.
Professor Smylie was the bass clarinet soloist in the premiere and recording of Donald Martino's Triple Concerto. He is an active chamber musician. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, RCA and Virgin Classics.