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OnTheRadionewspapers2WritingsKile Smith’s music is hailed by critics, musicians, and audiences for its beauty, emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice. More…


COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE • Lyric Fest | COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE • Helena Symphony | COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE • Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia | HOST • Now Is the Time | CO-HOST • Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection | CONTRIBUTING EDITOR • Broad Street Review | CLASSICAL HOST • WRTI-FM. More…


KileSittingBenchAboutCURRENT COMMISSIONS • The Consolation of Apollo, The Crossing (SATB, percussion, 35′), Helena Symphony (Gold and Silver for orchestra; new work for cello and orchestra), Lyric Fest (song cycle; other pieces), Jenks School with The Crossing (Ryan Eckes poem), Choral Arts Society Philadelphia (O Antiphon project)
RECENT PROJECTS • Aestas Consort, Association of Anglican Musicians, Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble at Northwestern University, Cairn University Orchestra, Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Boston), Church of the Holy Trinity (Philadelphia), The Crossing, baritone Jeremy Galyon, Lyric Fest, Mélomanie, organist Alan Morrison with Abington Presbyterian Church (Pa.), Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Orchestra 2001, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Philadelphia Brass, Philadelphia Sinfonia, Piffaro, Saint Mark’s Church (Philadelphia), baritone Randall Scarlata, Temple University Music Prep Youth Chamber Orchestra, Ursinus College, anthems, hymns, service music for numerous churches
UPCOMING CONCERTS • The Crossing, Helena Symphony, Lyric Fest, Northwestern University, Piffaro, Seraphic Fire, University of Chicago, more performances of Vespers


newspapers2VESPERS • 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 | MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENT… ethereally beautiful… a composer of stealthy excellence… fresh, vibrant… a singular voice — Fanfare | MAJOR NEW WORK — American Record Guide | BREAKTHROUGH… so ambitious and singular… ecstatically beautiful… direct and uncalculated… breathtaking — Philadelphia Inquirer | RECORDING OF THE MONTH… brilliant — Musicweb International | ALMOST PRETERNATURALLY BEAUTIFULseeps into the consciousness with gentle stealth and power, finally disarming any resistance… MAGICAL… worldwide buzz… DON’T MISS THIS ONE — Philadelphia City Paper | ALTOGETHER GORGEOUS and haunting… deserves to be mentioned along with Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers” — Buffalo News | 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. More reviews…