KileSittingBenchAudiences and critics praise Kile Smith‘s music for its “profoundly direct emotional appeal,” calling it “ecstatic,” “spectacular,” and “spellbinding.” Current commissions include a major new work for The Crossing, a work for organist Alan Morrison, three orchestral works, song cycles, anthems, and other choral pieces. Orchestra 2001, PiffaroThe Crossing, the Philadelphia Sinfonia, the Newburyport Chamber Music FestivalMélomanie, and the Association of Anglican Musicians are some of Kile’s recent projects. He’s composed for Concertmaster David Kim and Principal Horn Jennifer Montone of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Upcoming concerts include the iSing Girlchoir, the Pennsylvania GirlchoirKhorikos, and more performances of Vespers. Kile is Composer in Residence for The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. He also hosts Now Is the Time and Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection and is a classical host at WRTI-FM, and is a Contributing Editor to the Broad Street Review. More bio…

newspapers2Vespers | SPECTACULAR…profoundly contemporary…ecstatic…sparkling beauty—Gramophone | ethereally beautifulMAGNIFICENTa composer of stealthy excellence…singular voice—Fanfare | Seldom do I come across a piece with such profoundly direct emotional appeal…I’ll say it outright: A MASTERPIECE OF THE DEEPEST KIND…easily one of the best releases of the year of any type…A CRIME TO PASS UP… ★★★★★ —Audiophile Audition | MAJOR NEW WORK—American Record Guide | MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH…so ambitious and singular…ecstatically beautiful…direct and uncalculated…breathtaking—Philadelphia Inquirer | BRILLIANT—Musicweb International Recording of the Month | ALMOST PRETERNATURALLY BEAUTIFUL…worldwide buzz—Philadelphia City Paper | altogether GORGEOUS and haunting—Buffalo News | The Waking Sun • for lack of any better word, A HIT…an intensely charged sweet spot—Philadelphia Inquirer | Where Flames a Word • important world premiere…completely right in SPELLBINDING ways I never imagined—Philadelphia Inquirer. More reviews…