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Kile Smith

Philadelphia, PA      

Kile Smith’s music is praised by critics and audiences for its emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice. Gramophone hailed the “sparkling beauty” of his music, calling Vespers “spectacular.” The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “ecstatically beautiful,” American Record Guide, “a major new work,” Audiophile Audition, “easily one of the best releases of the year of any type… a crime to pass up,” and Fanfare, “a magnificent achievement.”


Recent commissions include Red-tail and Hummingbird for Orchestra 2001 and Piffaro, The Red Book of Montserrat for the Philadelphia Sinfonia, The Waking Sun and Where Flames a Word for The Crossing, the song cycle Plain Truths (baritone, chorus, and string quartet) for the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, The Nobility of Women for Mélomanie, and the Mass for Philadelphia by the Association of Anglican Musicians. Current commissions include Two Meditations on Freu dich sehr for organist Alan Morrison, a work for the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, anthems, and a new work for orchestra. He’s composed for Concertmaster David Kim and Principal Horn Jennifer Montone of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kile is Composer in Residence for The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.


Kile also hosts Now Is the Time, Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, and is a classical host at WRTI-FM, writes for the Broad Street Review and WRTI, and teaches. Kile was Curator of the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music, the world’s largest lending library of orchestral performance materials, at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

NewMusicBox Articles

Articles September 25 2014 | By Kile Smith
12 Things I’ve Learned from Church Music, Parts 10-12: Stick to Texts Even Though It’s All...

People don’t get together and play—and people don’t get together and listen to other people play—because they love composing. They love something else, something inside, around, below, and above themselves....

Articles September 18 2014 | By Kile Smith
12 Things I’ve Learned from Church Music (Parts 7-9): Write Faster; Hear It, Change It; Churches...

To get the work, we need to say yes, and to keep the work, we need to produce. But to produce, from what church music has taught me, we need...

Articles September 11 2014 | By Kile Smith
12 Things I’ve Learned from Church Music, Parts 4-6: Make Them Sound Good, Follow the Rules,...

The non-professional will be the usual musician in a church environment. So when someone who doesn’t do music for a living appreciates what I attempt to do, that’s a special...

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