A performer with “nuance, polish, and personality” (APM Pipedreams), Wyatt Smith, a native of Rapid City, South Dakota, is currently a doctoral student at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he studies organ performance with Dr. Carole Terry. Wyatt received his Master of Music degree from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Yale School of Music, where he studied organ performance with Dr. Martin Jean. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of South Dakota, where he graduated magna cum laude. At the University of South Dakota, he was an organ student of Dr. Larry Schou.
Wyatt has concertized extensively throughout the United States. His achievements in performance were recently recognized when he was named a member of the "Class of 2016" by The Diapason's program "20-under-30", which recognizes leaders in the fields of organ, harpsichord, carillon, and church music. Notable venues in which Wyatt has performed include the US Air Force Academy Protestant Cadet Chapel (Colorado Springs), First Plymouth Church UCC (Lincoln), St. Andrew’s Cathedral (Honolulu), St. Mark Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle), the Spreckels Organ Pavilion – Balboa Park (San Diego), National City Christian Church (Washington D. C.) King’s Chapel and Trinity Church – Copley Square (Boston), Woolsey Hall – Yale University (New Haven), College of Idaho (Caldwell), Martin Luther College (New Ulm), Northwestern College (Orange City), William Jewell College (Liberty), the Community of Christ Auditorium and Temple (Independence), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (Mequon), and Overture Concert Hall (Madison). He also performed as a Rising Star at the 2012 AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, among many other venues. His performances have been heard on several episodes of American Public Media’s Pipedreams, along with South Dakota Public Radio and Television.
Wyatt is a member of the American Guild of Organists, in which he continues to serve on multiple committees both at the national, regional, and local level. He is currently the Member-at-Large for AGO Young Organists – West Region, along with serving on the AGO National Marketing Committee. He holds the Colleague and Service Playing Certificates from the AGO.
Wyatt is Principal Organist at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Washington.