K1138 South Kohrman Hall
In his 20 year career as a professional musician, Brad Smith has performed the oboe with a variety of orchestras and ensembles and can be heard on numerous CD recordings as well as music for film and television. In 1989, upon concluding four years as a music major at the University of Utah, Brad embarked on a journey that would lead to his passion for woodworking and the pursuit of exceptional craftsmanship. Six months after relocating to Kalamazoo, he opened Rosewood Design, a furniture and cabinetry shop, in the Park Trades Center. For about five years, he built fine furniture and cabinetry for a growing list of clientele throughout the region. Given the variety of craftsmen plying their trade in the same building, Brad had the opportunity to collaborate with many artists in a variety of disciplines. One highlight was working with exhibit designer, Jeff Bernstein of Bernstein Exhibition Design, assisting with the construction of museum exhibits, which are part of permanent and traveling collections across the country. He was a master cabinetmaker for Homestead Furniture, a local firm specializing in high-end casework. Since that time, he has continued his woodworking endeavors while maintaining a position as oboist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Along the way, he has held adjunct faculty positions at Weber State University and Hope College and has served as a visiting instructor of music at Western Michigan University. In August of 2008, Brad Smith joined the staff of the Frostic School of Art at WMU as woodshop supervisor and building coordinator for South Kohrman Hall.