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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 works), The Crossing with the Jenks Elementary School (May Day), Choral Arts Society Philadelphia (O Antiphon project)
RECENT PROJECTS • Aestas Consort, Association of Anglican Musicians, 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


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THE CONSOLATION OF APOLLO • dauntingly high-concept new choral work… THIS PIECE INDEED HAS A FUTURE… clear vision and sure purpose without losing any of its otherworldliness… consistently high-level — Philadelphia Inquirer

VESPERS • 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… 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

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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