KileSittingBenchAboutCalled “spectacular” by Gramophone, “magnificent” by Fanfare, and “breathtaking” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kile Smith′s increasingly sought-after music is hailed by critics, performers, and audiences for its unique beauty, emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice.

Composer in Residence • Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia
2014–15 Composer in Residence • Lyric Fest
2014–15 Composer in Residence • Helena Symphony
Classical Host • WRTI-FM
Host • Now Is the Time
Co-host • Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
Contributing Editor • Broad Street Review

Contact • kile at kilesmith dot com • Kile on FacebookBio


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Selected Projects

Aestas Consort | Association of Anglican Musicians | Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Boston) | Church of the Holy Trinity (Philadelphia) | The Crossing | Lyric Fest | Mélomanie | organist Alan Morrison | Newburyport Chamber Music Festival | Northwestern University | Orchestra 2001 | Pennsylvania Girlchoir | Philadelphia Brass | Philadelphia Sinfonia | Piffaro | Saint Mark’s Church (Philadelphia) | baritone Randall Scarlata | Seraphic Fire | Ursinus College | anthems, hymns, service music for numerous churches

Recent Commissions

The Consolation of Apollo, May Day, The Crossing | overture Gold and Silver, cello concerto And Seeing the Multitudes, Helena Symphony | song cycle In This Blue Room, Mark the Music, The Heavens Declare, Lyric Fest | O Antiphon project, Choral Arts Society

Upcoming Concerts

Choral Arts Society | The Crossing | English Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series | Newburyport Chamber Music Festival | more announcements coming…


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spectacular… profoundly contemporary… ecstatic… sparkling beauty — Gramophone | I’ll say it outright: a masterpiece of the deepest kind… seldom do I come across a piece with such profoundly direct emotional appeal… easily one of the best releases of the year of any type… a crime to pass up… 5 Stars — Audiophile Audition | a magnificent achievement… ethereally beautiful… a composer of stealthy excellence… fresh, vibrant… a singular voice — Fanfare | a major new work — American Record Guide | breakthrough… so ambitious and singular… ecstatically beautiful… direct and uncalculated… breathtaking — Philadelphia Inquirer | unique… sounds like no other music — Miami Herald | Recording of the Month… brilliant — Musicweb International | almost preternaturally beautiful… seeps into the consciousness with gentle stealth and power… disarming any resistance… magical… worldwide buzz… don’t miss this— Philadelphia City Paper | altogether gorgeous and haunting… deserves to be mentioned along with Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers” — Buffalo News | absorbing and fascinating… music of deep faith written according to a hallowed tradition is as alive as it ever was — Palm Beach ArtsPaper

The Consolation of Apollo

dauntingly high-concept… clear vision and sure purpose without losing any of its otherworldliness… consistently high-level… this piece has a future — Philadelphia Inquirer | theatrical… lyrical, even at its most dramatic and dissonant… the sound of truly coming to earth from outer space — Chestnut Hill Local

In This Blue Room

strikes a new note… pulled a large rabbit out of the hat: The last thing I expected was a jazz-hybrid idiom — Philadelphia Inquirer | His work can evoke torch songs and jazz without actually being either… a spectrum of moods and styles that are uniquely his — Broad Street Review

The Waking Sun

an intensely charged sweet spot… a hit — Philadelphia Inquirer

Where Flames a Word

completely right in spellbinding ways I never imagined… important world premiere — Philadelphia Inquirer

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