Lindsey Smith-Trostle is a 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 is an alumni of the Brevard Music Festival. Lindsey is also the founder and contractor for Athena Strings, providing string ensembles for weddings and events. As a freelance cellist, she has contributed to a wide variety of projects and genres...and has 24 years of experience. She's in high demand for recording sessions, weddings, church services, musicals, local indie artists & regional symphonies. She also performs with her own hip hop band, Swap Meet Symphony, which is a collaboration with Al-D Words and based around her compositions, making a niche for herself as a hip hop cellist. Lindsey is a talented improvisor and arranger as well. She also plays piano, glockenspiel, ukelele, guitar, voice & bass. Lindsey is very active in chamber music and also plays orchestral music regularly with Huntsville Symphony, Orchestra KY, Paducah Symphony, Bryan Symphony, Murfreesboro Symphony & Street Theater. She has performed live with numerous artists including Jars of Clay, Pokey LaGrange, Tran Siberian Orchestra, Dennis DeYoung, Tanya Tucker, Smokey Robinson, Glen Campbell, Amy Grant, Etta Britt, Futureman's Black Mozart Ensemble at Bonnaroo, Theresa Andersson and various indie artists in Nashville. Lindsey has performed on "Live in Studio C" for WPLN and played in master classes for Benjamin Zander and the Tokyo String Quartet. Lindsey is an active session player and has recorded numerous projects with various artists including Jack White, Yelawolf, Erykah Badu's producer, Willpower of Superhotbeats, Tanya Tucker, Toby Mac, Kirk Franklin, ICP, Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs, Steelism, Honey Locust, Isaac Hayden, Rayland Baxter, Jordan Dean and several others. She's featured on Jack White & Alicia Keys' song "Another Way to Die" from Quantum Solice. Her own composition is featured in Yelawolf's song "Catfish Billy" from Trunk Musik Returns. Lindsey was recently hand picked to to be 1 of 20 artists to participate in the first annual Red Bull Music Academy at Bonnaroo. Lindsey is a gifted teacher & teaches cello at Austin Peay’s Community School, Belmont Academy & Lipscomb Academy. Lindsey completed the Suzuki training course Every Child Can! on 7/19 in Indianapolis, IN with Linda Stieg, & plans to continue Suzuki training.