The Coastside Community Orchestra is a group of musicians of diverse backgrounds, ages and musical expertise who join together to play symphonic music of all types. The orchestra is sponsored under the auspices of the Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation Department and the weekly rehearsals are held at the Ted Adcock Community Center of Half Moon Bay. There are no auditions required to participate in the orchestra and string players are always encouraged to join.
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Fall Season, 2016, Conductor – Robert Smith
Robert Wayne Smith, one of the founding members of the Coastside Community Orchestra and with William MacSems one of its first conductors, has played a long and important role in the musical life of the Coastside.
For many years in charge of young musicians at Cunha Intermediate School and later at Half Moon Bay High School, he taught and played all the instruments, specializing in trombone, guitar and violin. For many students, Mr. Smith represented their first and only contact with instrumental study, but many of his former students have gone on to become performers and teachers themselves. Robert’s own musical training included the notable teacher Olaf Christiansen.
Robert plays violin with the Coastside Community Orchestra when he is not conducting. He was a founding member of the Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra, playing bass, and he has played with show bands and orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Chicago, where he lived from 1991 to 1996, and in Stockton where his wife Tricia taught at the University of the Pacific. While in Chicago he played with the University of Chicago Symphony and did workshops with the American Conductors’ Guild.
Back on the Coastside in the El Granada house the couple built themselves, Smith taught music in Daly City until his retirement several years ago.