Composer Kile Smith has gained national and international acclaim with commissions from The Crossing, Conspirare, Piffaro, Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble (VAE), the Helena Symphony, Lyric Fest, Westminster Choir College, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Gaudete Brass, The Arcadian Trio, Red Shift, and Khorikos. VAE’s recording of their commission Canticle, produced by Blanton Alspaugh, helped win him the 2020 Grammy for Best Classical Producer. The Crossing’s recording of The Arc in the Sky was nominated for a 2020 Grammy for Best Choral Performance.
Kile’s work has been called “like no other music” by the Miami Herald, “ecstatically beautiful” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, and “eerily beautiful” by Boston Classical Review. He has been composer in residence for Lyric Fest, the Helena Symphony, the Jupiter Symphony, and the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia. Kile has received grants from the Philadelphia Music Project, Meet The Composer, the Argosy Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Independence Foundation, which is supporting the composition of his first opera, The Book of Job. He has hosted Fleisher Discoveries on radio and podcast since 2002.
B.S., Biblical Studies, Cairn University
B.Mus. in Composition, Cairn University
M.Mus. in Composition, Temple University