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Dennis Smylie Receives the Steinhardt Award for Excellence In Music

(L to R) Steve Hartman, Jim Ognibene, Dennis Smylie, Esther Lamneck, Samuel Marques

Dennis Smylie was honored with the Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Music on May 3, 2015, at the New Music Ensemble concert in the Frederick Loewe Theatre. Professor Esther Lamneck presented the award recognizing the bass clarinetist's distinguished career, including more than a decade of service on the Woodwind faculty at NYU Steinhardt.
Dennis Smylie received his bachelor and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Joseph Allard. His other teachers included Alfred Zetzer, Stephen Freeman, Kalmen Opperman and Bill Street. Mr. Smylie served as a member of the Westchester Philharmonic, the American Symphony, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic and also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and Opera, Buffalo Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Louis and Montreal symphonies, and Speculum Musicae. Mr. Smylie was the bass clarinet soloist in the premiere performance and recording of Donald Martino's Triple Concerto. He has given recitals and lectures/performances at the Juilliard School, Oberlin, Yale, Princeton, Kent State University, and Florida State University, as well as in Aspen, Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Mr. Smylie has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, New World Records, CRI, RCA, and Virgin Classics.