KileStandingShadow2009Hailed by critics, performers, and audiences, the music of Kile Smith is increasingly sought after because of its unique beauty, emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice.

Kile’s 2015–2016 season includes major new works for Craig Hella Johnson’s Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, along with many other projects.

With multiple commissions from The Crossing, Kile has also been composer in residence for Lyric Fest, the Helena Symphony, and the Jupiter Symphony. Kile is the composer in residence for the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

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In This Blue Room, Lyric Fest, Shadyside Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, 27 Sep 2015
The Nobility of Women, excerpts, Mélomanie and Wilmington Ballet, 2 Oct 2015
Agnus Dei, Mendelssohn Club, Philadelphia, Church of the Holy Trinity, 18 Oct 2015
Deo Gratias, from Vespers, Chicago College of the Performing Arts, 30 Oct 2015
Where Flames a Word, Khorikos, St. Anthony of Padua, SoHo NYC, 7 Nov 2015
Vespers, The Choristers, Trinity Lutheran, Lansdale PA, 21 Nov 2015
O Rex Gentium, Choral Arts Philadelphia, St. Clement’s, 2 Dec 2015
The Nobility of Women, Mélomanie, West Chester University, 11 Feb 2016
The Nobility of Women, Mélomanie, Delaware Ctr for the Contemporary Arts, 14 Feb 2016
Where Flames a Word,The Crossing, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 14 Feb 2016
Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit (Dietrich Bonhoeffer), 17 Feb 2016
Out of the Depths, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian, 13 Mar 2016
Grandmother’s Garden, Settlement Children’s Choir, Cherry Hill NJ, 10 Apr 2016
Greenville College, IL, residency and performances, 13–15 Apr 2016
Canticle, Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati, 1 May 2016
Grandmother’s Garden, Settlement Children’s Choir, Philadelphia, 1 May 2016
Canticle, Vocal Arts Ensemble, Chorus America Conference, Cincinnati, 15–18 Jun 2016
Jeff Quartet, The Crossing, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8 Jul 2016
New Work, Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Aug 2016

Selected Projects

Aestas Consort | Association of Anglican Musicians | Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Boston) | Choral Arts Philadelphia | Church of the Holy Trinity (Philadelphia) | The Crossing | Gaudete Brass | Helena Symphony | Lyric Fest | Mélomanie | Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia | 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 | Settlement Music School | Ursinus College | Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati | anthems, hymns, service music

Recent Commissions

Agnus Dei, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia | Canticle, Vocal Arts Ensemble | The Consolation of Apollo, Jeff QuartetMay Day, The Crossing | overture Gold and Silver, cello concerto And Seeing the Multitudes, Helena Symphony | Grandmother’s Garden, Settlement Music School Children’s Choir | song cycle In This Blue Room, Mark the Music, The Heavens Declare, Lyric Fest | O Rex Gentium, Choral Arts Philadelphia


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ReviewsVespers • 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 | astonishes the listener — Knight Arts Miami | 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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