Composer-arranger Owen Goldsmith, a native of Borger, Texas, resides in rural Calaveras County, California, where he has been writing music fulltime since 1981. He graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University in 1959, having majored in piano with Vladimir Brenner. In 1965 he received his mater's degree in music history and literature, with a concentration on the music of Claudio Monteverdi. His graduate work includes study and performance in Vienna and Venice, with Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Denis Stevens, Sir David Willcocks, and Gunther Theuring.
From 1960 to 1979 Goldsmith taught choirs, orchestra and music theory at high schools in Livermore and Clayton in Northern California. Fort two years he taught chamber music and piano at Los Medanos College in Pittsburgh, and evening classes for Chabot College.
Goldsmith served the Bay Section of the California Music Educators Association for twelve years, as president, adjudication chairman, festival chairman and editor. He has adjudicated Northern California music festivals for 34 years, and has also served as conductor and clinician for a wide range of musical organizations. He is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association and CMEA, the latter being awarded in 1968 for his service to music education in the greater bay area. In 1994 he received the CMEA Bay Section Outstanding Music Educator Award.
More than 80 of his compositions and arrangements have been published by Belwin, G. Schirmer, ECS, Boosey and Hawkes, Presser and others. During the 1970s he was a writer for Keyboard Magazine, in featured articles about Brubeck, Kipnis, Collard and other keyboard figures. He was also a charter member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir, performing with them in several European tours, including Europa Cantat 1979, 1982, and 1985.