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Kile Smith

Composer

“His voice is unlike any other”—Craig Hella Johnson

“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

“our jaws just dropped”

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

“like no other music”

Miami Herald

“Kile Smith is reshaping the choral repertoire”

Cincinnati Movers & Makers

The Arc in the Sky: “maybe his best piece yet”

David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

George Case, conductor

The Arc in the Sky: “a masterpiece of emotional expressivity and spiritual revelation”

Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local

“spectacular”

Gramophone

“sublimely beautiful”

David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

The Consolation of Apollo: “Top Ten… a highlight of the year”

TheaterJones, Dallas

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

Chestnut Hill Local

“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

“altogether gorgeous and haunting”

Buffalo News

Vespers: “a major new work”

American Record Guide

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

Choral Journal

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

Philadelphia City Paper Top Ten Classical

“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: “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

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

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Smith’s vocal writing is eerily beautiful”

Boston Classical Review

Red-tail and Hummingbird: “excellent … 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

News

dRapidly gaining national and international acclaim, the music of Kile Smith is hailed by critics, performers, and audiences for its emotional power, direct appeal, strong voice, and sheer beauty. 

PERFORMANCES • The Consolation of Apollo continues its run of multiple national and international performances, complete and excerpted, inspired by the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8. Choirs singing this include the Kansas City Chorale, The 24 (UK premiere), National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Verdigris Ensemble (Dallas), Ars Nova Singers (Colorado), Red Shift (Vancouver, Baton Rouge), Auckland Youth Choir, Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers, Choral Arts Society (Washington, DC), Huntsville Community Chorus (Alabama), Stare at the Sun (Chicago), and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 Choir.

Craig Hella Johnson conducts Conspirare in Kile’s concert-length Canticle in March. In June The Crossing performs The Arc in the Sky at the Chorus America Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

The Arcadian Trio commissioned and performs Spirituals for Piano Trio in three concerts,  January–March, 2019. The spirituals Kile set are “Little David, Play on Your Harp,” “My Lord, What a Morning,” and “Ride On, King Jesus!” Anna and Erik Meyer premiere their flute and organ commission A Child’s Afternoon in October.

The L.A. Choral Lab gives multiple performances, February–April, of Kile’s Shakespeare setting And Good in Every Thing. The New York choral group Khorikos premiered Kile’s setting of the Robert Lax poem my son my son in November 2018. Red Shift commissioned and in December 2018 premiered in Baton Rouge his new setting of the carol I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and also that month Seattle’s Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble gave the West Coast premiere of O Rex Gentium. Ursinus College commissions a Jubilate Deo and the First Presbyterian Church of Barrington (IL) commissions a new Easter anthem, Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem.

CDs • The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati recorded and released Canticle in 2018, along with a new Alleluia. In May, two new releases include Kile’s Where Flames a Word: Estonia’s Voces Musicales and New York City’s Khorikos. The Crossing releases The Arc in the Sky on CD in July, which they commissioned and premiered June 2018.

Lyric Fest releases an all–Kile Smith vocal CD, In This Blue Room, in 2019 on the Albany label, including his 45-minute cycle of the same name for mezzo-soprano and baritone.

PUBLICATION • Kile’s new arrangement for choir, organ, and brass, Of the Father’s Love Begotten, which premiered at Westminster Choir College December 2018, is published by GIA in its Westminster Choral Series.

COMING UP • Kile continues work on his first opera, The Book of Job, collaborating with conductor Donald Nally and dramaturg Edward Sobel. The Independence Foundation awarded Kile its 2018 Fellowship in the Arts to begin this project. Commissions for Conspirare, Piffaro, and others are coming up. Kile continues to add to his catalog of works distributed by MusicSpoke. (Photo credit: A. J. Waltz)

Performances, events

10 Mar. Spirituals for Piano Trio. Arcadian Trio. East Brunswick, NJ, 2:00

10 Mar. Alleluia. Classical MPR Playlist

16 Mar. The Stars Shine from The Consolation of Apollo. Westminster Schola Cantorum, James Joseph, First Baptist, Washington, DC

17 Mar. The Stars Shine from The Consolation of Apollo. Westminster Schola Cantorum, Christ Church, Easton, MD

18 Mar. The Stars Shine from The Consolation of Apollo. Westminster Schola Cantorum, Trinity Lutheran, Hagerstown, MD

23 Mar. Yes, It’s Beautiful from The Consolation of Apollo. University of Waterloo Choir, Liska Jetchick, Trillium Lutheran, Waterloo, ON, Canada

31 Mar. Canticle. Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, cond. Austin, TX

6 Apr. Yes, It’s Beautiful from The Consolation of Apollo. Huntsville Community Chorus, Ian Loeppky

6 Apr. And Good in Every Thing. L.A. Choral Lab. Los Angeles

7 Apr. And Good in Every Thing. L.A. Choral Lab. Los Angeles

13 Apr. The Waking Sun. Cornell University Chamber Singers, Steve Spinelli

28 Apr. Jubilate Deo. Premiere. Ursinus College Choir & Meistersingers, John French

May–Jun (2 Easter–Trinity Sunday). Mass for Philadelphia. Holy Trinity Lutheran, Abington, PA

7 May. Reflection for organ. Paul Fejko, AGO Philadelphia Tuesday Noon Recital Series, St. John UCC, Lansdale, PA

10 May. Where Flames a Word. Madison Choral Project, Albert Pinsonneault. St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee

11 May. Where Flames a Word. Madison Choral Project. Christ Presbyterian, Madison, WI

12 May. Jubilate Deo. Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

12 May. Where Flames a WordMadison Choral Project. Christ Presbyterian, Madison, WI

15 May. Where Flames a Word. On the CD release, A Black Birch in Winter, Voces Musicales (Estonia), David Puderbaugh, MSR Classics

17 May. The Waking Sun, excerpts. Northwestern University, Donald Nally

May–Jun (2 Easter–Trinity Sunday). Mass for Philadelphia. Holy Trinity Lutheran, Abington, PA

28 Jun. The Arc in the Sky. The Crossing. Chorus America 2019 Annual Conference, Philadelphia

Aug. The Consolation of Apollo. National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Robert Hollingworth, cond.

4 Oct. A Child’s Afternoon. Premiere. Anna Meyer, flute, and Erik Meyer, organ. Christ Church, Philadelphia

Works

A Child’s Afternoon

A Child’s Afternoon

A Song of Sonia Sanchez

A Song of Sonia Sanchez

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

And Seeing the Multitudes

And Seeing the Multitudes

Annunciation and Magnificat

Annunciation and Magnificat

Anthems

Anthems

Behold the Best, the Greatest Gift

Behold the Best, the Greatest Gift

Canticle

Canticle

Come, Ye Sinners

Come, Ye Sinners

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

Holy Is the Lord

Holy Is the Lord

Holy Mountain

Holy Mountain

How Do I Love Thee?

How Do I Love Thee?

Hymns

Hymns

I Could See the Sky

I Could See the Sky

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

In This Blue Room

In This Blue Room

Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo

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

Mazurka for guitar

Mazurka for guitar

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

my son my son

my son my son

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 Sing unto the Lord a New Song

O Sing unto the Lord a New Song

O Thou Who Camest from Above

O Thou Who Camest from Above

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

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

Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem

Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem

Spirituals for Piano Trio

Spirituals for Piano Trio

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit

Susquehanna

Susquehanna

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem

The Arc in the Sky

The Arc in the Sky

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Chambered Nautilus

The Chambered Nautilus

The Consolation of Apollo

The Consolation of Apollo

The Heavens Declare

The Heavens Declare

The Nobility of Women

The Nobility of Women

The Red Book of Montserrat

The Red Book of Montserrat

The Three Graces

The Three Graces

The Voice of One Who Spoke

The Voice of One Who Spoke

The Waking Sun

The Waking Sun

The Word of God

The Word of God

There Is No Great and No Small

There Is No Great and No Small

Three Dances

Three Dances

Three Dances, for string orchestra

Three Dances, for string orchestra

Thrice blest

Thrice blest

Totentanz

Totentanz

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

Where Flames a Word

Where Flames a Word

You Are Most Welcome

You Are Most Welcome

Browse works

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 Arc in the Sky (Lax) SATB, 65′

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′

Jubilate Deo (Latin, Psalm 100) SATB, org, 5′

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

my son my son (Lax) SATB, 5′

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′

Three Prosits for 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′

Orchestral

Agnus Dei 2015, SATB, 1.2.0.2–2.2.0.0–timp–org–str, 15′

Alabanza (Sanchez) 2003, vocalist–7-piece Latin band, opt. 2.2.2.2–4.3.3.1–timp.2perc–str, 6′

And Seeing the Multitudes 2015, solo cello–2+pic.2.2.2–4.3.3.1–timp.3perc(incl marimba)–pno.hp–str, 20′

The Bremen Town Musicians (Grimm) 2016, narrator, 1.1.1.1–1.1.1.0–1perc–str, 8′

Exsultet 2007, solo horn–str, 18′

Four French Carols 2002, 3(2+pic).3(2+ehn).2.2–4.3.3.1–timp.2perc–str, 12′

Four French Carols 2002, str, 12′

Gold and Silver 2014, 3*.2.2.3*(opt cbn)–4.2.3.1–timp.2perc (incl glock)–str, 7′

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins 2000, high voice–2.2.2.2–2.2.0.0–str, 11′

Psalm 46 2004, baritone–2*.2.2.2–2.2.3.1–timp.1perc–SATB–str, 14′

The Red Book of Montserrat 2013, str, 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, 2.2.2.2–4.2.3.1–timp.tri–str, 8′

Susquehanna 2017, 3*.3*.3*.2–4.3.3.1–timp.3perc–str, 8′

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem 2002, 2.2.2.2–2.2.0.0–1perc–str, 22′

Three Dances, 1995, 2/.2.2.2–2.2.0.0–1perc–str, 12′

Three Dances, 1998/2012, str, 12′

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

Variations on a Theme of Schubert 1999, solo piano–2.2.2.2–2.1.0.0–timp,1perc–str, 17′

Vespers excerpts, 2017, SATB–2 caccias–2 hns–org–str, 15′

The Voice of One Who Spoke 2003,3*.2.2.2*–4.2.3.1–timp.3perc–str, 20′

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

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day SATB, bells, bass drum

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts SATB, org

Jubilate Deo (Latin, Psalm 100) SATB, org, 5′

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need SATB, org

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

Of the Father’s Love Begotten SSATB, org, congregation, opt. brass (3331), timp, cym

O Rex gentium (O Antiphon) SATB

O Sing unto the Lord a New Song (Psalm 98:1,2) SATB Fuguing tune

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

Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem SATB, org, opt. brass quintet, timpani

The Word of God SATB, org

Jubilate Deo (Latin, Psalm 100) SATB, org, 5′

Kyrie and Gloria Patri

Hymns, hymn reharmonizations

Mass for Christmas

Mass for Philadelphia

Vespers

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Psalm 113

Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn

Vespers for a Bach orchestra

 

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′

A Child’s Afternoon 2018, flute, organ, 9′

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′

Spirituals for Piano Trio 2018, violin, cello, piano, 11′

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′

Solo Instrument

A Child’s Afternoon 2018, flute, organ

Diabelli Variation 2010, piano

Mazurka 1984, 2018, guitar

Reflection 2017, organ

Softly and Tenderly 2012, piano

Testimony 2012, piano

Totentanz 1994, guitar

Two Meditations on Freu dich sehr 2013, organ

Variations on a Theme of Schubert 1999, piano

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