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Kile Smith

Composer

 

“like no other music”

Miami Herald

“Kile Smith is reshaping the choral repertoire”

Cincinnati Movers & Makers

“spectacular”

Gramophone

“our jaws just dropped”

Joan Kimball, Co-Artistic Director, Piffaro, the Renaissance Band

“His voice is unlike any other”

Craig Hella Johnson, conductor

“achingly beautiful”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“ecstatically beautiful ... a sanctuary ... the Magnificat contains a minor miracle”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“a crime to pass up ... easily one of the best releases of the year of any type ... profoundly direct emotional appeal”

Audiophile Audition

“a composer who knows how to generate an emotional life out of a few tiny notes—and that’s the only thing that matters”

Donald Nally, conductor

“altogether gorgeous and haunting”

Buffalo News

“Vespers ... a major new work”

American Record Guide

“Deo Gratias is almost giddy ... richly gratifying ... recalls ... Hugo Distler, but with a lighter heart and a natural exuberance”

Choral Journal

“worldwide buzz ... exceptionally beautiful ... Vespers sneaks up on you, like a velvety cocktail, and then you are hooked”

Philadelphia City Paper Top Ten Classical

“Vespers ... one of the finest concerts I’ve heard in at least the last decade”

Chestnut Hill Local

“a magnificent achievement ... fresh, vibrant ... bursts with the invention that characterizes the best music”

Fanfare

“almost preternaturally beautiful”

Philadelphia City Paper

“American Spirituals ... among the very best examples of that type of composition that I’ve ever heard, bar none”

John McLaughlin Williams, conductor, violinist

“The piece I personally found most compelling was Kile Smith’s ‘Yes, it’s beautiful’ from The Consolation of Apollo ... stunning”

South Carolina Music Guide

“[Alleluia is] going to be a staple of the choral repertoire”

Craig Hella Johnson, conductor

[Fanfare on Ein feste Burg] “Smith’s bristling variations ... exploded into life”

Minneapolis Star Tribune

“an important world premiere … Where Flames a Word ... feels completely right in spellbinding ways I never imagined”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“a composer at the top of his craft ... advancing the choral art form”

George Case, conductor

“Smith’s vocal writing is eerily beautiful”

Boston Classical Review

“excellent [Red-tail and Hummingbird] … distant kinship to Monteverdi’s Orfeo overture … more rapid and dense”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“A Song of Sonia Sanchez ... the most dramatic piece of the evening … a deafening performance, physically and emotionally”

Temple University News

“A Song of Sonia Sanchez ... one of the most powerful pieces of the evening”

Latinoamérica, Philadelphia

“Two Laudate Psalms ... unfolding with natural, un-ostentatious simplicity ... near-invisible touches ... The God-is-in-the-details adage holds true”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“The Waking Sun is a hit”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“I am keenly interested in more liturgical music from Kile Smith”

Paul J. Cain, LHP Lutheran Book Review

The Independence Foundation awards Kile a 2018 Fellowship in the Arts for his first opera, The Book of Job, a unique theatrical work for soloist with chorus. Kile will work with two award-winning artists: conductor Donald Nally and director and dramaturg Edward Sobel.

CanticleCraig Hella Johnson conducts Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble in Kile’s concert-length setting of The Spiritual Canticle of St. John of the Cross in January, and a new Alleluia. Grammy-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh records these for a 2018 release. George Case conducts Boston Cecilia in the New England premieres of Canticle and Alleluia in March.

The Arc in the Sky. Donald Nally and The Crossing premiere and record Kile’s newest concert-length work in June, a setting of texts by Robert Lax, the minimalist, mystical writer, and friend and influencer of both Thomas Merton and Jack Kerouac.

The Consolation of Apollo. For the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8, multiple performances in March and April, with Sam Brukhman’s Verdigris Ensemble of Dallas. In May, Robert Hollingworth conducts The 24 in the UK premiere. Red Shift performs it in October at the College Music Society National Conference in Vancouver, and then in December in Baton Rouge.

The Estonian choir Voces Musicales will come out with a new recording of Where Flames a Word in 2018 The Denver Pro Chorale performs it in May, and the Northwestern University Singers in June.

Relâche celebrates its 40th anniversary in June with Adieu, Adieu, a new chamber work by Kile, inspired by the late Romulus Franceschini: composer, jazz arranger, longtime stalwart of Relâche, and Kile’s friend & coworker at the Fleisher Collection. Also in June, another performance of Susquehanna by the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra.

Choral Arts Philadelphia performs newly re-orchestrated sections of Vespers in January, for the forces with which Matthew Glandorf paired this, Bach’s Cantata No. 1, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern.

Lyric Fest releases a CD of Kile’s songs in 2018, including his song cycle for mezzo-soprano and baritone, In This Blue Room(Photo credit: A. J. Waltz)

Concert Choral

Agnus Dei SATB, orchestra, 15′

Alabanza (Sanchez) vocalist, 7-piece Latin band, opt. orchestra, 6′

Alleluia SATB, 6′

And Good in Every Thing (Shakespeare) SATB, 4’30”

The Chambered Nautilus (Holmes) SATB, 4′

Canticle (St. John of the Cross) SATB, 3 cellos, 1 perc, 66′

The Consolation of Apollo (Boethius, Apollo 8 crew, Genesis 1) SATB, crotales, bass drum played by singers, 35′

Grandmother’s Garden (Archambault) 2-part children’s choir, piano, opt. C instrument, 9′

The Heavens Declare (Psalm 19) SATB, SAB soloists, piano, audience, 4’30”

How Do I Love Thee? (Browning) SSAA, piano or string quartet, 7′

I Could See the Sky (Various) SATB, 2-part children’s choir, piano or string quartet, 17′

May Day (Eckes) SATB, 2-part children’s choir, 10′

Now Ys the Tyme of Crystymas (Hill) SATB (with some div.) or SATB quartet, 3′

O Rex gentium (O Antiphon) SATB, 5′

Out of the Depths (Psalm 130) SATB, 6’30”

Psalm 46 Baritone soloist, SATB, orchestra or piano, 17′

Rejoice in the Lamb (Smart) SATB, 5′

Trinklieder für Männerchor (Various) TTBB, 3′

Two Laudate Psalms (Psalms 113, 150) Mezzo-soprano or high voice, SSAA, piano, 10′

Vespers (Various) SATB, Renaissance band, or various transcriptions, 66′

The Waking Sun (Seneca) SATB, Baroque chamber orchestra, 38′

Where Flames a Word (Celan) SATB, 13′

You Are Most Welcome (Dinsmore) SATB, 4′

Chamber

Adieu, Adieu 2018, octet: fl, cl, Eng hn, bn, va, db, vib, pno, 10′

Air and Jig 2007, English horn, viola, 7′

American Spirituals, Book One 2006, violin, piano, 11′

American Spirituals, Book Two 2008, cello, piano, 11′

Annunciation and Magnificat 2016, opt. narrator, brass quintet, 22′

The Better Angels of Our Nature 2010, soprano saxophone, piano, 4′

The Bremen Town Musicians 2008, narrator, violin, cello, 8′

Chant 2006, trombone, bassoon, piano 7′

Fanfare 1991, 1993, 2006, 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, tam-tam; 2′

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg 2017, 7 Renaissance instruments (2 soprano shawms, alto shawm, 2 sackbuts, quartbass dulcian, large tabor, 1’30”

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg 2017, brass quintet, opt. large drum, 1’30”

Fanfare for Three Voices 2017, horn, trombone, tuba, 2′

Four French Carols 1988, 12′

The Nobility of Women 2011, Baroque flute, oboe, violin, viola da gamba, Baroque cello, harpsichord, 20′

Plain Truths (Various) 2011/2013; baritone, piano or string quartet, opt. chorus; 20′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, brass sextet with 2 horns, 6′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, brass sextet with 2 trombones, 6′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, mixed sextet: 2 trumpets, horn, bassoon, trombone, tuba, 6′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, mixed sextet: 2 soprano shawms, 2 tenor sackbuts, bass dulcian, quartbass dulcian, 6′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, brass quintet (high, in C), 6′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, brass quintet (low, in Bb), 6′

A Song of Sonia Sanchez 1998, medium voice, violin, piano, 3 latin percussion, double or electric bass, 7′

This Broad Land 2010, bassoon, piano, 5′

This Broad Land 2010, soprano saxophone, piano, 5′

Two Pieces for Saxophone and Piano 2010, (This Broad Land and The Better Angels of Our Nature), 10′

The Three Graces 2008, oboe, horn, cello, double bass, piano, 11′

Thrice Blest 2010 violin, viola, cello, 5′

Vocal

Alas, and Did my Savior Bleed 1981; high voice, organ; 4′

Five Scottish Songs 1984; high voice, piano; 15′ 1. Two Girls Singing (Iain Crichton Smith) 2. Anemones (Marion Angus) 3. The Lodging (George Mackay Brown) 4. Wedding (George Mackay Brown) 5. On a Cat, Ageing (Sir Alexander Gray)

Holy Mountain 1982; high voice, organ; 4′

In This Blue Room 2015; mezzo-soprano, baritone, piano; 45′

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts 1982; high voice, organ; 4′

Magnificat 2003; soprano, soprano recorder, percussion. 6′

Mark the Music (Shakespeare) 2014; soprano, tenor, baritone, piano; 4′

Morire (Bartoli) 2005; medium voice, piano; 4′

Plain Truths (Various) 2011/2013; baritone, piano or string quartet, opt. chorus; 20′

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins 1989/2000; high voice, piano; high voice, orchestra; 11′

Poems of Stephen Berg 2000; soprano, clarinet, piano; 9′

Psalm 46 2004, baritone, SATB, orchestra, 14′

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit (Bonhoeffer) 1998; soprano, tenor saxophone, piano; 15′

There Is No Great and No Small (Emerson) 2016; mezzo-soprano, piano; 3′

Thine for Ever 1982; soprano, organ; 4′

Three Italian Songs 2005; voice, piano; 10′

Three Italian Songs 2005; medium voice, violin, cello, clarinet, bass clarinet; 10′

Three Songs, No. 1 (Shelley) 1978/2000; high voice, piano; 12′

Three Songs, No. 2 (Birrel) 1979; tenor, piano; 9′

Three Songs, No. 3 (Various) 1979; high voice, piano; 8′

Three Songs, No. 4 (Smith) 1980/99; high voice, piano; 8′

Three Songs, No. 5 (Hopkins) 1989; high voice, piano; 14′

Two Tunes by Gerard Manley Hopkins (harmonized K.S.) 1989; high voice, piano; 4′ 1. Who is Silvia? (William Shakespeare, 1st version) 2. Who is Silvia? (William Shakespeare, 2nd version)

who are you, little i (Cummings) 1981; high voice, piano; 3′

Sacred Choral

Agnus Dei SATB, orchestra, 15′

Alleluia SATB, 6′

Anthems

Behold the Best, the Greatest Gift SATB, org

Come, Gather All SATB, org, opt. brass quartet

Come, Ye Sinners (Beach Spring) SATB, org

For His Mercy Endures Forever (Psalm 136) SATB

Give Ear, O Heavens (Audite caeli) SATB, org

God So Loved the World SATB

Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn (from Vespers) SATB

Holy Mountain SATB, organ

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts SATB, org

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Veni, Emmanuel) SATB, org, opt. brass quintet

O Rex gentium (O Antiphon) SATB

O Thou, Who Camest from Above SATB

Out of the Depths (Psalm 130) SATB

Psalm 113 (from Vespers) SATB, kbd

Rejoice in the Lamb SATB

Shall the Blessed Saints Surround Us SATB, pno or org

The Word of God SATB, org

Kyrie and Gloria Patri

Hymns

Creation Sings with Grateful Praise (Tavella)

A Mighty Fortress (arr. for orch)

O Heavenly Minstrel (Tavella)

O Helper Spirit, You Are Here (Tavella)

Powers of Heaven (Tavella)

Shall the Blessed Saints Surround Us (Smith)

To You, O Father, Give We Solemn Praise (Tavella)

The Word of God (Tavella)

Hymn reharmonizations for organ

Aurelia The Church’s One Foundation

Azmon Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing


Cwm Rhondda Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah


Duke Street Jesus Shall Reign

Easter Hymn Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Lancashire Lead on, O King Eternal

Lasst uns Erfreuen All Creatures of Our God and King

Lobe den Herren Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

National Hymn God of Our Fathers

Praise, My Soul Praise, My Soul

St. Denio Immortal, Invisible

Trinity (Italian Hymn) Come Thou, Almighty King

Orchestral

Agnus Dei 2015, SATB, orch, 15′

Alabanza (Sanchez) 2003, vocalist, 7-piece Latin band, opt. orch, 6′

The Bremen Town Musicians (Grimm) 2016, narrator, small orch, 8′

Exsultet 2007, horn, string orch, 18′

Four French Carols 2002, 12′

Gold and Silver 2014, 7′

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins 2000, tenor, orch, 11′

Psalm 46 2004, baritone, SATB, orch, 14′

The Red Book of Montserrat 2013, string orch, 20′

A Song of Sonia Sanchez 2000, medium voice, violin, piano, 3 latin perc, double bass-2.2.2.2-4.3.3.1- timp.2perc-str, 7′

Song of the Angels 2014, 8′

Susquehanna 2017, 8′

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem 2002, 22′

Three Dances, 1995, 12′

Three Dances, 1998/2012, string orch, 12′

The Three Graces 2001, oboe, horn, cello, str, 11′

Variations on a Theme of Schubert 1999, piano, orch, 17′

Vespers excerpts, 2017 SATB, caccias, hns, org, strings, 15′

The Voice of One Who Spoke 2003, 20′

Solo Instrument


Premieres, commissions, new CDs, Cincinnati, Texas, England, Estonia, the 1st opera, more…

Selected works, by category

Adieu, Adieu

Adieu, Adieu

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei

Air and Jig

Air and Jig

Alabanza

Alabanza

Alleluia

Alleluia

American Spirituals, Book One

American Spirituals, Book One

American Spirituals, Book Two

American Spirituals, Book Two

And Good in Every Thing

And Good in Every Thing

Annunciation and Magnificat

Annunciation and Magnificat

Behold the Best, the Greatest Gift

Behold the Best, the Greatest Gift

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Bremen Town Musicians

Canticle

Canticle

The Chambered Nautilus

The Chambered Nautilus

Come, Ye Sinners

Come, Ye Sinners

The Consolation of Apollo

The Consolation of Apollo

Exsultet

Exsultet

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg

For His Mercy Endures Forever

For His Mercy Endures Forever

Four French Carols

Four French Carols

Give Ear, O Heavens

Give Ear, O Heavens

God So Loved the World

God So Loved the World

Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver

Grandmother’s Garden

Grandmother’s Garden

The Heavens Declare

The Heavens Declare

Holy Mountain

Holy Mountain

How Do I Love Thee?

How Do I Love Thee?

I Could See the Sky

I Could See the Sky

In This Blue Room

In This Blue Room

Kyrie and Gloria Patri

Kyrie and Gloria Patri

Mark the Music

Mark the Music

Mass for Christmas

Mass for Christmas

Mass for Philadelphia

Mass for Philadelphia

May Day

May Day

The Nobility of Women

The Nobility of Women

Now Ys the Tyme of Crystymas

Now Ys the Tyme of Crystymas

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O Rex Gentium

O Rex Gentium

O Thou Who Camest from Above

O Thou Who Camest from Above

Out of the Depths

Out of the Depths

Plain Truths

Plain Truths

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poems of Stephen Berg

Poems of Stephen Berg

Red-tail and Hummingbird

Red-tail and Hummingbird

Reflection

Reflection

Rejoice in the Lamb

Rejoice in the Lamb

A Song of Sonia Sanchez

A Song of Sonia Sanchez

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit

Susquehanna

Susquehanna

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem

The Red Book of Montserrat

The Red Book of Montserrat

There Is No Great and No Small

There Is No Great and No Small

Three Dances

Three Dances

The Three Graces

The Three Graces

Thrice blest

Thrice blest

Trinklieder für Männerchor

Trinklieder für Männerchor

Two Laudate Psalms

Two Laudate Psalms

Two Meditations on Freu dich sehr

Two Meditations on Freu dich sehr

Variations on a Theme of Schubert

Variations on a Theme of Schubert

Vespers

Vespers

Vespers for a Bach Orchestra

Vespers for a Bach Orchestra

The Voice of One Who Spoke

The Voice of One Who Spoke

The Waking Sun

The Waking Sun

Where Flames a Word

Where Flames a Word

The Word of God

The Word of God

You Are Most Welcome

You Are Most Welcome

Look & Listen

Alleluia

SATB, 6′ Performed & recorded by the Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati, Craig Hella Johnson, Director, 2018. Premiered by the Central High School Full Choir, Philadelphia, Jacqueline Smith, Director, Dec 2017.

Canticle

SATB, 3 cellos, 1 percussionist playing vibraphone, bass drum, tambourine. 65′ Commissioned by the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, Craig Hella Johnson, Music Director. Recording 2018.

The Consolation of Apollo

SATB, Crotales, Bass Drum, 35′ Text: Boethius, the crew of Apollo 8, Genesis 1. Commissioned by Eric Owens for The Crossing, Donald Nally, conductor

Yes, It’s Beautiful

SATB, Crotales, 5′ The 2nd movement of The Consolation of Apollo. Text: The crew of Apollo 8 as they round the moon to photograph the earth.

The Stars Shine

SATB, Crotales, Bass Drum, 3′ The last movement of The Consolation of Apollo. Text: Boethius

And Good in Every Thing

SATB, 4’30” Text: Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 1. For the choir of The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

The Chambered Nautilus

SATB, 4’30” Text: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Commissioned by the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, for its 100th anniversary as the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and for the dedication of its new sculpture, Nautilus.

For His Mercy Endures Forever

SATB, 5′ Psalm 136. Moderately easy. Commissioned by Judi and Earl Reeder in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

God So Loved the World

SATB, 1’30” Captivating setting of the John 3:16 text, suitable as anthem or responsory. Long lines, medium difficulty.

Holy Mountain

SATB, organ. 4′ One of Kile’s most popular anthems. Moderately easy. Original tune, spare harmonies, early American, shape-note sound.

O Thou Who Camest from Above

SATB. 4′ Anthem on the Wesleyan hymn. Commissioned for the 90th concert season of the Greenville University Choir. See a video here.

O Rex Gentium

SATB. 5′ O Antiphon, “O King of the Nations,” commissioned by Choral Arts Philadelphia

Rejoice in the Lamb

SATB. 5′ “An imaginative new setting of the Christopher Smart text … features Kile’s irrepressible, jubilant counterpoint and emotional immediacy.”—Kurt Knecht

Grandmother’s Garden

2-part children’s choir, piano, opt. C instrument. 8’30” From the book Grandmother’s Garden by John Archambault. Commissioned by Settlement Music School for the 10th anniversary of the Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir.

Two Laudate Psalms

2-part women’s choir, mezzo soprano, piano. 9′ Psalm 113 and Psalm 150. Commissioned by the Pennsylvania Girlchoir.

The Bremen Town Musicians

Narrator and small orchestra, 1.1.1.1–1.1.1.0–1perc–str. 8′ For the English Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Woods, conductor, premiered 2016. Original, 2008, for Narrator, Violin, Cello. From a story by the Brothers Grimm.  (Program notes, text, and recording of original here.)

Susquehanna

An overture for orchestra. 3*3*3*2–4331–timp.3perc–str, 8′ Commissioned for the 40th Anniversary of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, Sheldon Bair, Founder and Music Director. Premiered 4 March 2017, Bel Air, Maryland.

Where Flames a Word

SATB, 13′ Text by Paul Celan. Commissioned, premiered, and recorded by The Crossing, Donald Nally, Director. To be recorded, 2018, by the Estonian choir Voces Musicales, conducted by David Puterbaugh.

Performances & Events

January 2018

12 Jan. Canticle. Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati
13–14 Jan. Recording Canticle. Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati
18 Jan. Lecture on the choral music of Kile Smith. Joseph Foster Harkins, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
31 Jan. Vespers selections, transcribed for Baroque orchestra. Choral Arts Philadelphia. St. Clement’s Church, Philadelphia

February 2018

4 Feb. O Thou Who Camest from Above, St. Margaret Mary, Westwood, Mass.
4 Feb. Meditation on Freu dich sehr, Kurt Knecht, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Kansas City
7 Feb. New York Choral Society, interviewing composer Frank Ticheli and conductor David Hayes for the East Coast premiere of the Ticheli Symphony No. 3 “The Shore,” New York Public Library
25 Feb. Red-tail and Hummingbird and Sonata a5: Steht auf, ihr lieben Kinderlein from Vespers, for brass quintet. Hot Air Music Festival, San Francisco
25 Feb. Holy Mountain. Holy Trinity Lutheran, Abington, PA
27 Feb. Reflection. Ethel Geist, AGO Tuesday Noon Organ Recital, Abington Presbyterian Church, Pa.

March 2018

1 Mar. The Consolation of Apollo. Verdigris Ensemble, Brown Middle School, Forney, TX
2 Mar. Fanfare on Ein feste Burg. WWFM Piffaro concert broadcast
2 Mar. The Consolation of Apollo. Verdigris Ensemble, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Plano, TX
4 Mar. Come, Ye Sinners. St. John’s Anglican, Southampton, Pa.
4 Mar. Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit. Franklinville-Schwarzwald Männerchor. United Singers of Philadelphia Evening of Song, Canstatter Volksfest-Verein, Philadelphia
4 Mar. The Consolation of Apollo. Royal Lane Baptist Church, Dallas
11 Mar. Canticle. Boston Cecilia

April 2018

1 Apr. Behold, the Best, the Greatest Gift. Easter. Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia
8 Apr. Reflection. Edward Landin Organ Recital, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Pa.
14 Apr. The Consolation of Apollo. Verdigris Ensemble, University of Texas at Arlington Planetarium
27 Apr. The Consolation of Apollo. Verdigris Ensemble, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Space Exhibit, Dallas

May 2018

5 May. Where Flames a Word. Denver Pro Chorale
30 May. UK premiere The Consolation of Apollo. The 24, University of York, Robert Hollingworth, cond.

June 2018

 

1 Jun. Where Flames a Word. Northwestern University Singers
3 Jun. Susquehanna. Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra
23 Jun. Adieu, Adieu. Relâche. Penn Museum, Widener Hall, 2:00
30 Jun. The Arc in the Sky. The Crossing

October 2018

 

11–13 Oct. The Consolation of Apollo. Red Shift, Trey Davis, cond. College Music Society Conference, Vancouver

December 2018

Dec. The Consolation of Apollo. Red Shift, Trey Davis, cond. Baton Rouge

The latest from Kile’s blog

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Mass for Philadelphia

For unison congregation, organ, and optional cantor and optional descant. The Association of Anglican Musicians commissioned me to write music for the Closing Eucharist of their National Conference in Philadelphia, June 17–22, 2012. The Mass for Philadelphia was first...

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Holy Mountain

SATB, organ. Moderately easy. Original tune with spare harmonies; an early American sound that recalls shape-note singing. Composed 1982, revised 2003. See and hear the entire work here. Come to Calvary’s holy mountain, Sinners, ruined by the fall; Here a pure and...

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Driving off a Bridge

[First published 23 Jan 2018 as “Life is a dream” by the Broad Street Review and reprinted by permission.] The two lanes merged as I slipped past the slower car to my right. Two other cars ducked in behind me. We were approaching a one-lane bridge, thin and high. The...

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