Alice Smyth is born and raised in the McLean Heights area of Yonkers, NY -Westchester County. Her parents exposed her to sports and music at a young age, learning the piano while wearing her baseball cleats. Alice owes her love and passion for the harp and performing to her teacher Eily. She started to sing and play the harp under the guidance of the late and great Eily O’Grady Patterson and her husband the late tenor, Frank Patterson. She was part of “The Little Gaelic Singers and Harpists of New York” which evolved and grew into "Strings of Tara." Alice was fortunate to perform around the tri-state area, numerous concerts at Carnegie Hall in NYC, as well as a PBS TV Special "From Galway to Broadway." She has had the privilege of working with artists such as Andy Cooney, Ciaran Sheehan, Ronan Tynan, and Gay Willis.
Alice is first-generation Irish-American with her roots deep in Ireland. Her harp solo performance placed first in the Mid-Atlantic Region Fleadh allowing her to compete at the Fleadh Cheoil in Ireland. Recently, Alice was chosen as the 2016 "People's Choice NY Rose" in the New York Rose of Tralee competition. She traveled to the International Rose of Tralee Festival in Ireland (August 2016) as an ambassador for NY meeting and interviewing all involved.
Her repertoire ranges from traditional Irish music, Italian/German classic, and popular covers upon request. She is currently working on musical projects and is always excited to collaborate with creative artists.
Currently, Alice is a co-music director at St. Matthews/OLPH Church in Hastings-on-the-Hudson singing for weekend Masses as well as participating in The Saint Cecilia Academy music program at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. Alice is available to teach beginner voice and harp lessons, and can be hired upon request to perform at events such as weddings, cocktail hours and business events.