Ann Smith began her tenure with the Akron Symphony as principal violist in 1993 and teaches violin and viola students in the Akron community. Ann's musical studies started with her father and a Suzuki record at age three on the violin and at age 16 she became the second place national winner of the Music Federation's Club Competition. She attended the University of Michigan where she studied violin with Camilla Wicks and graduated with a Bachelor of violin performance from Chicago Musical College under Cyrus Forough. Ann grew much in her musical abilities through various summer programs including: Grand Tetons, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Banff Festival, Sarasota, Blossom and others and studied viola with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California and Marcia Ferritto at Kent State University. Ann currently enjoys home-schooling her 3 sons, ages ten, eight and six years old; and working with their boyhood view of everyday life. Ann and her husband Cory enjoy playing for the New Hampshire Music Festival in the summer and playing with area musicians during the rest of the year.