Bridging the Classical and Casual

We are Thom Howard (guitar) and Katie Smyth (flute) and we perform music from the classical realm to modern pop–and most everything in between!

Our Story

After decades of building our own successful music careers, our paths fatefully merged in 2017 through the recommendation of mutual friends. Each of us searching for a serious creative collaboration, we joined as duo partners and began appearing before audiences shortly after. From the beginning, our mission as Howard & Smyth has always been to infuse high-quality live music into communities by performing pieces that appeal to a broad range of musical interests.

The Duo

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Katie Smyth


Katie Smyth is a freelance performer and private flute teacher in Jefferson City, Missouri. She is the principal flutist and vice president of the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2019 was featured with the Odyssey Chamber Ensemble performing the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C Major. Katie has been a member of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra and is also on call with the Springfield Symphony (Missouri).

Katie has taught privately for over ten years and in 2018 she launched the Summer Flute reBOOT, a week long flute masterclass for high school and middle school students. Katie studied with Alice Dade and Dr. Jill Heyboer and earned a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia (2013), and a Bachelor of Music in Education from Missouri State University (2005).

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Thom Howard


By the time he earned a degree in classical guitar performance in 1986, Thom Howard was already performing in a wide variety of styles and venues, including classical, jazz, pop, orchestral, swing, small ensemble, recitals, weddings, restaurants and theaters. Thom released his first solo guitar CD “Sometimes a Guitar is Just a Guitar” (www.cdbaby.com/thomhoward) in 2003 and won the Kansas State Fingerstyle Guitar competition the same year. His original tune “Columbia” received an honorable mention in the Latin category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Thom also recorded “A Ragtime Episode” with The SkirtLifters and with that group he performed at ragtime and folk festivals in the U.S., Ireland, Switzerland and Belgium, including at both the national Musical Instruments Museum and the Brosella Festival in Brussels. Thom's wide experience has led to teaching guitar and music entrepreneurship at the collegiate level in addition to private lessons and workshops on a number of styles and techniques.