Lindsey Smith-Trostle is a freelance cellist and native of Nashville, TN. She holds a BM in cello performance from Loyola University New Orleans and a MM in cello performance from Belmont University. She performs with the Athena Piano Trio, composes her own music, and experiments with hip hop, indie, and other genres of music. Athena Piano Trio plays original compositions by each member, contemporary compositions, tangos, classical, popular, hip hop and other genres aspiring to integrate the arts, introduce new works and genres, and to revolutionize the classical concert in a unique style, incorporating humor, fun, and accessibility for all types of audiences. Athena Piano Trio has given recitals this year for Nexus Chamber Orchestra, Steinway Piano Society, and Columbia State Community College. Lindsey plays regularly with Huntsville Symphony and various other regional symphonies, Street Theater Company, and has performed with numerous artists including Futureman's Black Mozart Ensemble at Bonnaroo, Tran Siberian Orchestra in various cities, Dennis DeYoung, Tanya Tucker, Smokey Robinson, Glen Campbell, Amy Grant, and various indie artists. Lindsey has performed on “Live in Studio C” and played in master classes for Benjamin Zander and the Tokyo String Quartet. She has recorded numerous projects with various artists including Jack White, Tanya Tucker, Toby Mac, Kirk Franklin, and several local indie artists. During the summer of 2014 she was selected as one of 20 artists from around the country to participate in Red Bull's Music Academy at Bonnaroo collaborating & recording with various artists performing at the Tennessee music festival. Her participation is an example for her students of all the opportunities that can happen when you experiment with music. She likes to mix classical with hip hop, layer cello with glockenspiel and ukelele, and basically do what she loves. In addition to the CSA, she teaches cello at Belmont Academy, Lipscomb Academy and privately.