Kile Smith

Audiences and critics praise the music of Kile Smith for its emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice. His music has been called “spectacular” by Gramophone, “magnificent” by Fanfare, and “breathtaking” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. His commissions include works for the Crossing, Piffaro, Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Gaudete Brass, Orchestra 2001, Mélomanie, the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, organist Alan Morrison, the Philadelphia Sinfonia, the Episcopal Cathedral of Boston, and the Association of Anglican Musicians.

He’s composed for Concertmaster David Kim and Principal Horn Jennifer Montone of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Anne Martindale Williams, principal cello of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has written many orchestral pieces, anthems, other choral music, and songs. Kile is resident composer at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

One of his favorite reviews of his music was when Peter Burwasser described Vespers as “almost preternaturally beautiful.” He loves the “almost” part and kind of knew what “preternaturally” meant but looked it up anyway.

His website is kilesmith.com, where he writes about his music and musical activities, and (he promises) hardly anything else. For instance, he’s never mentioned yet, not even on Facebook, how proud he is of the brick patio he designed and built all by himself, from five different kinds of used bricks around the house, and which is mostly, pretty much, level.

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