The Boston Symphonic Laboratory is for musicians to learn, test, and improve approaches to great music-making. It’s all about building awareness of what’s in the score, what we each are doing in the moment, and how that combination can lead to performances with a different perspective on day-to-day experience.

The Boston Symphonic Laboratory kicked off in 2018 with a marathon session exploring and playing Barber’s Adagio for Strings with guests from New England Conservatory and Boston-based orchestra “A Far Cry.”

We do not give concerts. Instead, we focus on learning what methods work, trying them out in practice, and getting to great musical experiences. Members and participants come from all walks of life and all ages, including professional musicians, scientists, teachers, engineers, high school students, restaurant workers, doctors, designers, editors, and so on.

We believe anyone who is willing to engage with new ideas, and who can play the notes on their instrument can learn what it takes to attain the highest level of musical performance. The Boston Symphonic Laboratory empowers smart, dedicated musicians with methods, knowledge, and opportunities to create transcendent musical performances. We share what we learn with the world.

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The Founders

Paul Smith
Paul Henry Smith

Paul studied conducting with Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, and Markand Thakar. An Oberlin and Brandeis alum, he founded startups from the MIT AI Lab and Harvard Innovation Lab. His most recent company, Sonation created an app named “Best New App” for musicians in the US and 20 other countries, and was the first ever startup-in-residence at New England Conservatory.

Paul created and taught the musicianship, theory and ear-training curriculum at Harid Conservatory of Music, a four-year, professional level conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. He plays cello and piano.

Paul’s writing

Andrew Heath

Capable of “subtle harmonic phrasing” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Andrew Heath enjoys a varied career in the Boston area as a trumpet player, conductor, and educator. With frequent appearances as an orchestral trumpet player with New World Symphony, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Boston, he has performed as a soloist with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, and was twice named a Semi-Finalist in the National Trumpet Competition.

Andrew is Music Director and Conductor of Mystic Brass Ensemble of Arlington, MA, and has led various ensembles in venues such as Boston’s Jordan Hall and Aspen’s Benedict Music Tent. In 2015, he was featured on Composer’s Circle for his leadership of music by Evan Jay Williams.

Andrew is a believer in experimenting with how music is rehearsed, learned, and experienced, to ultimately achieve the most rewarding result possible for any repertoire. He eagerly brings this approach to activities with Boston Symphonic Laboratory.

Andrew is on the faculty of the South Shore Conservatory, and holds degrees in music from New England Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University.