The Boston Symphonic Laboratory is an educational organization whose mission is to empower smart, dedicated musicians with the methods, knowledge, and opportunities to create transcendent musical performance.

The Boston Symphonic Laboratory’s vision is to enable musicians to use intelligence, curiosity and skill to achieve deeply moving performances. We do this by refining and applying methods and techniques developed by great musicians.

Founder Paul Henry Smith studied conducting at Tanglewood, Oberlin, and Curtis, created and taught the musicianship curriculum for a four-year startup conservatory in Boca Raton, and launched technology startups spun out of the MIT AI Lab and the Harvard Innovation Lab.

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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.

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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.