Jamael Smith is a performer and educator based in San Francisco. They are a member of San Francisco Contemporary Players, Quinteto Latino, the conductorless chamber orchestra One Found Sound and Avenue Winds. They have performed and recorded with the San Francisco Symphony and also perform regularly with Bay Area ensembles like the Santa Rosa Symphony, California Symphony, Opera Parallèle, Eco Ensemble and many others.
An advocate for music being written now, Jamael has premiered the works of artists including Meredith Monk, John Adams, and Herbert Mells. Dedicated to education, Smith has been a teaching artist for San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music program as well as the many education initiatives that Quinteto Latino services. They have attended summer festivals such as the Kent Blossom Summer Festival and the Pierre Monteux Festival. They completed graduate studies with Stephen Paulson and have also studied with Seth Krimsky and Bill Buchman. Jamael joined the San Francisco Contemporary Players in 2023.