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A month ago I was honored to be the recipient of the Gallery of Success award from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music. It’s ”given annually to a graduate of each of the university’s schools and colleges, noting the success and distinction of Temple alumni.”

I lunched with sixteen other recipients from Temple’s schools and colleges, and a large roomful of guests. A highlight was to be seated with Maurice Wright and other Temple music folks, who took the time to come out. Another highlight was to be introduced to the assembly by longtime KYW radio personality Harry Donahue. What a voice, what a pro.

The portraits of me and some truly amazing people, the 2010 awardees, are displayed in the lower corridor of Mitten Hall, the very Gallery itself, for the next year. Along with boring bio stuff that I provided, this is some of what they wrote about me:

Kile is not the only member of the Smith family who is a Boyer alum. Jacqueline Smith (MM ’85), his wife, is a singer, organist, and the music director at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Abington, PA. Priscilla Smith (BM ’05), his daughter, is an oboist pursuing a master’s degree in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School. She performs with many ensembles, including The Waverly Consort, Piffaro, Concord Ensemble, The Crossing, and others.

Now I know what put me on the short list!

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