Adolphus Hailstork

  • Adolphus Hailstork received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed. He had previously studied at the Manhattan School of Music, under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, at the American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and at Howard University with Mark Fax.

    Dr. Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra

    Significant performances by major orchestras (Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York) have been conducted by leading conductors such as James de Priest, Paul Freeman Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maezel, Jo Ann Falletta and David Lockington.

    Recent commissions include RISE FOR FREEDOM, an opera about the Underground Railroad, premiered in the fall of 2007 by the Cincinnati Opera Company, SET ME ON A ROCK (re: Hurricane Katrina), for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by the Houston Choral Society (2008), and the choral ballet, THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, for treble chorus and orchestra, (2009). In the fall of 2011, ZORA, WE’RE CALLING YOU, a work for speaker and orchestra was premiered by the Orlando Symphony. I SPEAK OF PEACE commissioned by the Bismarck Symphony (Beverly Everett, conductor) in honor of (and featuring the words of) President John F. Kennedy was premiered in November of 2013.

    Hailstork’s newest major works, are ROBESON, an operatic theater work (written for the Trilogy Opera Company of Newark, New Jersey), and HERCULES (“the veriest dandy slave”) a concert overture for the Grand Rapids Symphony which was premiered in October 2014. Current projects are BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND for the Atlanta Festival (November 2016) and NDEMARA for the Myrelinques Festival of France (May 2017).

    Dr. Hailstork resides in Virginia Beach Virginia, and is Professor of Music and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.


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    Solo
    110-40752 2 Scherzos 110-40752 10:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    114-41179 Bassoon Set
    For Solo Bassoon
    114-41179 5:00 Bassoon Unaccompanied
    490-01054 Eight Variations On “Shalom Chaverim” 490-01054 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    490-01055 Five Friends
    Suite for Piano
    490-01055 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    114-41180 Flute Set
    For Solo Flute
    114-41180 5:00
    114-41657 Four Preludes
    For Harp
    114-41657 :10:30 Harp
    490-01151 Ignis Fatuus
    (Mysterious Fires)
    490-01151 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    410-41333 Piano Sonata No. 2 410-41333 Piano Unaccompanied
    410-41334 Piano Sonata No. 3 410-41334 13:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    114-41580 The Surprising Thing Is
    Caprice for Violin Solo
    114-41580 15:00 Violin Unaccompanied
    114-41579 Theme and Variations on “Draw the Sacred Circle Closer” 114-41579 10:30 Cello Unaccompanied
    114-41181 Three Smiles for Tracey
    For Solo Clarinet
    114-41181 4:00 Clarinet Unaccompanied
    110-40751 Trio Sonata
    For Solo Piano
    110-40751 9:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    113-40044 Two Studies On Chant Melodies
    For Organ
    113-40044 :10:00 Organ
    114-41202 Variations
    For Trumpet
    114-41202 4:00
    Chamber Ensemble
    10579 American Fanfare 10579 4:30 3Tpt. 4Hn. 3Tbn. Tu. 3Perc. Timp.
    114-41228 American Landscape 114-41228 String Duet
    114-41370 Armageddon
    Sonata for Organ and Percussion
    114-41370 20:00 Organ, 2 Percussion
    114-41170 As Falling Leaves 114-41170 20:00
    114-41217 Baroque Suite 114-41217 Violin with Piano
    114-41582 The Blue Bag 114-41582 6:00 Clarinet with Piano
    114-41100 Consort Piece
    For Mixed Septet
    114-41100 8:40
    114-41201 Divertimento
    For Violin and Viola
    114-41201 6:00 String Duet
    114-41596 Evensong
    (A Suite of Nocturnes)
    114-41596 20:00 String Duet
    17006 Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    for Brass Quintet, Timpani and Organ
    17006 3:20 2Tpt. Hn. Trb. Tu.; Timp. Org.
    114-41583 Fantasy Piece
    For Viola and Piano
    114-41583 13:00 Viola with Piano
    110-41780 Guest Suite
    For Piano Duet
    110-41780 1pno, 4hands
    114-41445 John Henry’s Big
    (Man Vs. Machine)
    114-41445 12:00 Trombone with Piano
    114-41203 Little Diversions for Lord Byr 114-41203 Violin Duet
    114-41557 Little Diversions for Lord Byron’s Court 114-41557 8:30 String Duet
    114-41326 Sanctum
    For Clarinet and Piano
    114-41326 Clarinet with Piano
    114-41099 Sanctum
    Rhapsody for Viola and Piano
    114-41099 Viola with Piano
    114-41234 Simple Caprice, A 114-41234 Clarinet with Piano
    114-41090 Sonata for Trumpet and Piano 114-41090 21:00 Trumpet with Piano
    110-41779 Sonata for Two Pianos 110-41779 12:00 2 pianos
    114-41656 Springtime For Elephants
    For Two Tubas
    114-41656 3:25 2 Tubas
    114-41329 String Quartet No. 1
    For 2 Violins, Viola, and Violoncello
    114-41329 17:00 String Quartet
    114-41762 Three Meditations
    For Viola And Organ
    114-41762 :14:00 Mixed Duet
    114-41532 Three Spirituals
    For String Trio(arr.)
    114-41532 9:00 String Trio
    114-41661 Two By Two
    For Horn And Trombone
    114-41661 2:00 Brass Duet
    114-41581 Variations On A Guyanese Folksong 114-41581 5:30 Violin with Piano
    114-41575 Variations On “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
    String Quartet No. 2
    114-41575 15:00 String Quartet
    111-40221 Ventriloquist Acts Of God
    Five Songs for Soprano On Poems Of Ellen Wise
    111-40221 16:00 Voice with Piano
    114-41594 Violin Concerto 114-41594 25:00 Viola with Piano
    111-40223 Who Is Sylvia?
    For Coloratura Soprano, Violin, and Piano
    111-40223 7:00 Voice with Instrument
    Voice and Ensemble
    10025 Shout for Joy
    The Bank Street Festival Anthem
    10025 12:00 SATB Chorus; 3Tpt. 3Tbn. Timp. Org.
    17301 Whitman’s Journey 17301 57:00 Solo Bar.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Chorus
    312-41791 Arise, My Beloved
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41791 2:20 SATB
    312-41724 Break Forth 312-41724 7:00 SATB
    312-41822 A Christmas Canticle
    (A Virgin Shall Conceive) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41822 3:00 SATB
    312-41647 The Cloths Of Heaven
    S.A.T.B., A Cappella
    312-41647 3:00 SATB
    412-41087 Done Made My Vow
    A Ceremony
    412-41087 45:00 Mixed Chorus
    412-41085 Earthrise 412-41085 2 SATB Choirs and Piano
    312-41646 Five Short Choral Works 3. Crucifixion
    He Never Said A Mumblin’ Word, Satb., A Cappella
    312-41646 4:30 Mixed Chorus
    412-41082 Four Spirituals
    For 2 Sopranos, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra (Piano Reduction)
    412-41082 12:00 SATB
    312-41763 Go Down, Moses
    For Solo Bass and S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41763 3:00 Mixed Chorus
    312-41867 Goin’ Home 312-41867 Mixed Chorus
    312-41862 A Good-Night
    For Mixed Chorus
    312-41862 5:00 SATB
    312-41793 I’ll Trust In The Lord and Do The Best I Can 312-41793 3:20
    312-41861 Into A Time 312-41861 2:00 SATB
    312-41723 I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    A Cantata for Tenor Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra
    312-41723 18:00 Mixed Chorus
    312-41644 I Will Sing Of Life
    S.A.T.B., A Cappella
    312-41644 6:30 SATB
    312-41821 A Kwanzaa Litany
    (Let It Be So) – for Bass Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Percussion
    312-41821 6:00 SATB
    312-41820 A Kwanzaa Litany (Let It Be So)
    For Bass Solo, Men’s Chorus, and Percussion
    312-41820 6:00 Men’s Chorus
    312-41648 The Lamb
    No. 5 From “”Five Short Choral Works
    312-41648 5:30 SATB
    312-41850 Lead Gently, Lord
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    312-41850 3:00 SSA
    312-41829 Little David, Play On Yo’ Harp
    For Treble Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41829 2:30 Women’s Chorus
    312-41851 Little Lamb
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    312-41851 3:00 SATB
    312-41870 Meditation
    “Think On These Things”
    312-41870 4:30 SSAA
    312-41835 Missa Brevis for Treble Chorus 312-41835 SSAA
    312-41794 Motherless Child(arr.) 312-41794 7:30 SATB
    312-41645 Nocturne
    No.2 From Five Short Choral Works, S.A.T.B. A Cappella
    312-41645 6:00 Mixed Chorus
    312-41827 Ride On, King Jesus
    For Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.)
    312-41827 2:00 Men’s Chorus
    312-41796 Seven Songs Of The Rubaiyat
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41796 10:15 Mixed Chorus
    312-41758 Shout for Joy
    (The Bank Street Festival Anthem) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus and Organ
    312-41758 12:00 SATB
    312-41866 Since I Lay My Burden Down 312-41866 Mixed Chorus
    312-41865 So Glad 312-41865 Mixed Chorus
    412-41083 Songs Of Innocence
    For Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Baitone Soloists, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra (Piano-Vocal Score)
    412-41083 34:00 SATB
    312-41825 They That Wait Upon The Lord
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41825 3:45 SATB
    312-41864 Until I Reach My Home 312-41864 Mixed Chorus
    312-41828 Wade In De Wahduh
    For Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.)
    312-41828 2:45 Men’s Chorus
    312-41765 Wake Up, My Spirit
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus and Piano
    312-41765 3:40 SATB
    312-41849 When Storms Arise
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    312-41849 3:00 SATB
    Chorus and Orchestra
    17036 Break Forth
    for Chorus and Orchestra
    17036 8:30 2 2 3(B.Cl.opt.) 2 – 0 3(Tpt.3 opt.) 3(Tbn. 3 opt.) 1(opt.); Timp. 2Perc. Org.(opt.) Str.
    16970 Crispus Attucks
    American Patriot
    16970 45:00 Mezzo-Sop. Ten. Bass-Bari. Large Chorus; 1(dbl. Picc.) 1 1(dbl. B.Cl.) 1 – 2 1 3 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    17382 Done Made My Vow
    for Narrator, Soloists, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
    17382 45:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 5Perc. Cel. Str.
    17016 EarthRise
    (A Song of Healing)
    17016 28:00 2 Choirs; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    10134 Four Spirituals
    for Two Sopranos, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
    10134 12:00 1. Prelude/Great Day 2. In Dat Great Gittin Up Morning 3. Certny Lord 4. He’ s Got the Whole World in His Hands2Sop. Soli, SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    17391 The Gift of the Magi
    A “Choral Ballet” for Dancers, Chamber Orchestra and Children’s Chorus
    17391 24:00 SSA Chorus; 2 2(dbl. E.H.) 1 – 0 0 0 0; Perc. Pno.(dbl.Cel.) Hp. Str.
    23487 The Gift of the Magi
    Narrated Concert Version for Chamber orchestra, Treble chorus (SSA), and Narrator
    23487 00:31:00 Narr., SSA Chorus; 2 2(dbl. E.H.) 0 1 – 0 0 0 0; 1Perc. Pno.(dbl.Cel.) Hp. Str.
    17333 Serenade
    “To Hearts Which Near Each Other Move”
    17333 25:00 SATB Chorus; 2 3(E.H.) 2 2 – 3 0 0 0; Cel. Hp. Str.
    17033 Songs of Innocence
    for Three Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra
    17033 30:00 Sop. Mezzo-Sop. Bar. Soli, S.A.T.B. Chorus; 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(dbl.E.H. or Oboe d’amore) 0 – 0 0 0 0; Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    17034 Songs of Innocence
    for Three Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version)
    17034 30:00 Sop. Mezzo-Sop. Bar. Soli, S.A.T.B. Chorus; 1Fl. (dbl. Picc., Alto Fl.); 1Perc. Hp. Str. (1.1.1.1.0)
    23515 Within Our Gates
    for Solo Soprano, Solo Tenor, SATB Chorus and String Orchestra
    23515 01:17:00 Sop., Ten., SATB Ch.; Str.
    Orchestra
    17423 An American Port of Call 17423 10:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3(B.Tbn.) 2 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    10107 Baroque Suite
    for String Orchestra (with optional Harpsichord)
    10107 12:00 Str.
    17005 Church Street Serenade
    for String Orchestra
    17005 6:20 Str.
    10144 Essay for Strings 10144 8:00 Str.
    17085 Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    for Orchestra
    17085 3:20 2 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    23480 Hercules
    for Orchestra
    23480 00:14:00 3(Picc.) 3(dbl. E.H.) 3(dbl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    10147 Intrada
    for Symphony Orchestra
    10147 1:25 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    10037 Lachrymosa: 1919 10037 12:00 2Cl. 2Bsn. Str.
    10580 I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes 10580 00:12:00 Solo Ten., SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    10158 Sonata
    for Trumpet (or Clarinet) and String Orchestra
    10158 21:00 Solo Tpt. (or Cl.); Str.
    23556 Symphony No. 2 23556 35:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 2 3(3 dbl. Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    17017 Symphony No. 3 17017 40:44 3(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    17007 Three Spirituals
    for Orchestra
    17007 8:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    10156 Two Romances
    for Viola and Chamber Orchestra
    10156 10:00 Solo Vla.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Hp. Str.
    10157 Two Romances
    for Viola and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version)
    10157 10:00 Solo Vla.; Fl. Hp. Str. (1 1 1 1 0)
    16940 Violin Concerto 16940 25:00 Solo Violin; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    Opera
    17302 Joshua’s Boots
    an Opera in one Act
    17302 55:00 Fl.(dbl. Picc.) Cl. Vln. Vcl. Pno. Perc. (opt. on stage instr: Vln. Pno.) Perc: Bass Drum, Cowbell, Glockenspiel, Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Tam-Tam, 2Tom-Toms, Whip, Woodblock
    16971 Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground
    An Operatic Theaterpiece.
    16971 35:00 Lyric Sop. Dramatic Sop. Ten. Bari.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp Perc. Str.
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    23548 The Bones of Mr. Fortune
    for Solo Flute and Orchestral Winds
    23548 11:00 Solo Fl.; 3(Picc.) 2 3 2 – 4 3 3 1; 4Perc.


  • AN AMERICAN FANFARE
    Adolphus Hailstork’s dynamic “An American Fanfare” [was] a showcase for the orchestra’s brass and percussion players.
    –Chip Chandler, The Amarillo Globe-News

    JOSHUA’S BOOTS
    …an enchanting show…magic…
    –American Visions

    …enjoyable, exciting and touching…
    –Harry Weber, RFT Reviews

    Engaging and heartwarming… The music…favors a tangy Franco-American lyricism, while assimilating echoes of spirituals, cowboy songs and jazzy inflections.
    –Scott Cantrell, Kansas City Star

    This through-composed piece with lively music by Adolphus Hailstork and a clever libretto by Susan Kander is singable by older students and a few young professionals, but is sophisticated enough to qualify as opera.
    –Heidi Waleson, The Wall St Journal

    RISE FOR FREEDOM
    … a gem of a chamber opera … Hailstork has composed a score that sounds of pure Americana – engagingly rhythmic [and] lyrical.
    –Janelle Gelfand, The Cincinnati Inquirer

    VIOLIN CONCERTO
    …the piece nodded toward such black idioms as blues and jazz, but mostly went its own lively and engaging way…a mixture of virtuosic, satirical and lyrical effects…the piece has a quirky personality in which serious intent keeps breaking through.
    –Andrew L. Pincus, Berkshire Eagle

  • New Music for Clarinet …Another Look NEW MUSIC FOR CLARINET …ANOTHER LOOK
    Ravello Records (RR7941); August 12, 2016
    Performer(s): F. Gerard Errante, clarinet, Lee Jordan-Anders, piano
    Work(s): A Simple Caprice
    American Port of Call AMERICAN PORT OF CALL
    Naxos (8.559722); June 26, 2012
    Performer(s): The Virginia Symphony, conducted by JoAnn Falletta
    Work(s): An American Port of Call
    Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    Symphony No. 1
    Three Spirituals
    Whitman’s Journey
    The McCullough Chorale Sings Hailstork THE MCCULLOUGH CHORALE SINGS HAILSTORK
    Albany Records (TROY156); October 17, 1995
    Performer(s): McCullough Chorale, Donald McCullough, conductor
    Work(s): Arise My Beloved
    I Will Sing of Life
    Nocturne
    Seven Songs of the Rubaiyat
    The Clothes of Heaven
    The Lamb
    I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES
    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Recordings (HAIL-001)
    Performer(s): Baltimore Symphony, Daniel Hege, conductor; Morgan State University Choir, Thomas Young, tenor, Dr. Nathan Carter, conductor
    Work(s): I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    Intrada

  • 2001: Eminent Scholar, Old Dominion University
    2001: Honorary Doctorate, College of William and Mary
    2000: Governor’s Award for the Arts, from the state of Virginia
    1995: First Place: University of Delaware Festival of New Music (for “Consort Piece”)
    1994: Outstanding Faculty Award of the state of Virginia
    1992: Cultural Laureate Award of the state of Virginia
    1983: First Prize: Virginia CBDNA College Band Symposium

  • American Fanfare
    for Brass and Percussion
    An American Port of Call
    for Orchestra
    Break Forth
    for Chorus and Orchestra
    Done Made My Vow
    for Narrator, Soloists, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
    Earthrise
    (A Song of Healing) for Chorus and Orchestra
    Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    for Orchestra
    I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    for Solo Tenor, Chorus, and Orchestra
    Joshua’s Boots
    An Opera in One Act
    Serenade
    “To Hearts Which Near Each Other Move”
    for Chorus and Orchestra
    Shout for Joy
    The Bank Street Festival Anthem for Chorus and Chamber Ensemble
    Symphony No. 2
    for Orchestra
    Symphony No. 3
    for Orchestra
    The Gift of the Magi
    A “Choral Ballet” for Dancers, Chamber Orchestra and Children’s Chorus
    Three Spirituals
    for Orchestra
    Two Romances
    for Viola and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version)
    Whitman’s Journey
    for Baritone and Orchestra