Parvin Smith began his musical career by studying piano in first grade. He added viola in fourth grade; switched to cello in sixth grade, then switched to bass in tenth grade. Upon graduation from high school, he accepted a position with the Wichita Symphony while attending Wichita State University. Transferring to OU after two years, he received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance. He joined the Lawton Philharmonic in 1972 where he is currently Principal Bassist. He is a charter member of the OKC Philharmonic and retired from Mid- Del School system where he was Orchestra Director after 20 years.

What were some challenges you faced during the COVID19 pandemic? Normally, our instruments tend to vibrate together when the section is playing well. But, at six feet apart, that doesn’t happen. I have also learned how much we have enjoyed playing for the large, appreciative audiences we have grown accustomed to here in OKC.