Michael Sterling Smith is a composer and guitarist based in Gainesville, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware and a Master of Music from the University of Florida. His works have recently been performed at the SCI conference at EKU, the NASA conference, the International Saxophone Symposium, and the Westfield New Music festival. In 2010 he was awarded with an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Michael also maintains an active performing career, consisting heavily of contemporary music. Michael has studied composition under Jennifer Barker, Paul Richards, James Sain, and Paul Koonce.