Phi Beta Kappa honors music teacher

May 13, 2014

By Staff

Longtime Issaquah piano/music teacher Brad Smith will receive the Pathfinder Award from the Puget Sound Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

The honor will be given May 15 in an invitation-only ceremony at the Seattle Yacht Club.

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

Smith, his family and friends will be accompanied by his prize-winning chamber orchestra. The orchestra will play the “Serenade for Strings,” by Edward Elgar.

“The Pathfinder Award reflects the imagery on the Phi Beta Kappa key — a hand pointing to the stars,” a letter notifying Smith of the award read. “It honors those who encourage others to seek new worlds to discover, pathways to explore and untouched destinations to reach. You were selected for this award due to your inspiration, leadership and powerful impact on the orchestra students at Eckstein Middle School.”

Smith teaches at the school in Seattle, but he and his wife, fellow piano/music teacher Gail Gross, have lived and taught for many years in Issaquah.

Some past recipients of the Pathfinder Award are Seattle Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwartz, and Quincy Jones, jazz musician, record producer, conductor, arranger and composer.

The Pacific Science Center will be a fellow recipient with Smith this year.

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