ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK

Awards

Works

Recordings

Reviews


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

Dr. Hailstork has written in a variety of genres, producing works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra. His early compositions include Celebration, recorded by the Detroit Symphony in 1976; and two works for band (Out of the Depths, 1977, and American Guernica, 1983), both of which won national competitions. Consort Piece (1995), commissioned by the Norfolk Chamber Ensemble, was awarded first prize by the University of Delaware Festival of Contemporary Music.

Dr. Hailstork’s works have been performed by such prestigious ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic, under the batons of leading conductors such as James DePreist, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel.

1999 saw the premieres of Dr. Hailstork’s Second Symphony, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, as well as his second opera, Joshua’s Boots, commissioned by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Kansas City Lyric Opera. Dr. Hailstork’s second and third symphonies were recently recorded by the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, under David Lockington, on a Naxos label disc released in January 2007.

Recent commissions include Earthrise, a new large scale choral work premiered by James Conlon and the 2006 Cincinnati May Festival, Three Studies on Chant Melodies for the American Guild of Organists 2006 National Convention, and Whitman’s Journey, a cantata for chorus and orchestra, premiered by the Master Chorale of Washington, D.C. (under Donald McCullough) at the Kennedy Center in April 2006. Rise for Freedom, an opera about the Underground Railroad, will be premiered in the fall of 2007 by the Cincinnati Opera Company. Other premieres in the spring of 2008 were Serenade for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by Michigan State University, and Set Me on a Rock, also for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by the Houston Choral Society.

Dr. Hailstork, who has received honorary doctorates from Michigan State University and the College of William and Mary, resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and serves as Professor of Music and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Current as of June 2009


Awards


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


Works

Band and Orchestra | Chamber Ensembles and Instrumental Solos | Keyboard | Opera | Vocal and Choral




Band and Orchestra


…And Deliver Us From Evil for Band
Available From MMB Music


American Guernica for Band and Piano
Available From MMB Music


An American Fanfare (1985) -- 4’30"
3Tpt. 4Hn. 3Tbn. Tu. 3Perc. Timp.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: Virginia Symphony Orchestra, January 1991


An American Port of Call for Orchestra
Available From Composer


Baroque Suite for String Orchestra (with optional Harpsichord) (1999) -- 12’
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Break Forth for Chorus and Orchestra
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Celebration for Band
Available From Trigram Music


Celebration for Orchestra
Available From Wimbledon Music


Church Street Serenade for String Orchestra -- 6’ 20"
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: 21st Oct., 2005. Virginia Symphony, Norfolk, VA.


EarthRise (A Song of Healing) -- 28'
2 SATB Choruses (1 African-American, 1 white); 2(dbl.Picc.) 2 2 2(dbl.Cbsn) - 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Pno. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: May 19, 2006. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Conlon; May Festival Chorus and Brazeal Dennard Chorale. Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH. Commissioned by the Cincinnati Musical Festival Association.


Epitaph (in Memoriam M.L.K., Jr.) for Orchestra
Available From Wimbledon Music


Fanfare on Amazing Grace for Brass Quintet, Timpani and Organ (2003) -- 3'20"
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: Dec. 2004. Norfolk, VA. E.VA. Brass Quintet, James Kosnik, Organ


Festival Music for Orchestra
Available From Composer


Intrada for Symphony Orchestra (1991) -- 1’25"
3(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Baltimore Symphony, for its 75th anniversary
Recordings


My Lord, What a Mourning for Orchestra
Available From MMB Music


Norfolk Pride for Band
Available From Composer


Out of the Depths for Band
Available From Composer


Piano Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Available From Wimbledon Music


Queen Ceremonial Fanfare for Symphonic Brass
Available From Composer


Sonata da Chiesa for String Orchestra
Available From Southern Music


Sonata for Trumpet (or Clarinet) and String Orchestra (1996)
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: Orbert Davis, Trumpet, Chicago Park District’s South Shore Cultural Center, November 16, 2000

Available Separately:

Solo Part with Piano Reduction (#114-41090)
Solo Part (#114-41090A)


Starburst Fanfare for Symphonic Brass
Available From Composer


Symphony No. 1 for Orchestra
Available From MMB MusicReviews


Symphony No. 2 for Orchestra
Available From Composer


Symphony No. 3 for Orchestra
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Three Spirituals for Orchestra (2005) -- 8'
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: October, 2005. Virginia Symphony, Norfolk, VA.

Movements:
Everytime I feel the Spirit
Kum Bab Yah
Oh Freedom


Two Romances for Viola and Chamber Orchestra (1997) -- 10'
Solo Vla.; 1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0; Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: Cleveland Orchestra , Kay George Roberts, conductor, Jennifer Arnold, viola, Cory United Methodist Church, Cleveland, OH, January 10, 1999


Violin Concerto for Violin and Orchestra -- 25'
Solo Violin; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Commissioned by Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.), the Lancaster (Pa.) Symphony, and the Louisville Orchestra for the violinist Mark Peskanov.
Premiere Information: 12th November, 2004. Mark Peskanov, Violin, Berkshire Symphony, conducted by Ronald Feldman, Chapin Hall, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Movements:
I. Fantasy Toccata
II. Chorale
III. Rondo

Reviews



Chamber Ensembles and Instrumental Solos


A Simple Caprice For Solo Clarinet and Piano
Published: #114-41234


American Landscape
Published: #114-41228


American Landscape No. 2 for Violin and Cello
Available From Composer


Arabesques for Flute and Percussion
Available From International Opus


As Falling Leaves for Flute, Viola, and Harp (2002) -- 20’
Published: #114-41170
Commission Information: Virginia Chamber Players
Premiere Information: Old Dominion University Chandler Recital Hall, Norfolk, VA; May 1, 2002

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#114-41170P)
Full Score - Large (#114-41170S)


Bagatelles for Brass for 2 Trumpets and 2 Trombones
Available From FEMA Music


Baroque Suite for Violin and Harpsichord
Not yet released (in prep: #114-41217)


Bassoon Set for Solo Bassoon (1996)
Published: #114-41179


Consort Piece for Mixed Septet (1993)
Fl, Cl, Tp, Vn, Vc, Perc, Pno
Published: #114-41100
Additional Information: First Place Winner, University of Delaware Festival of New Music

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#114-41100P)
Full Score - Large (#114-41100S)


Crystal for Clarinet and Harp
Available From Composer


Divertimento for Violin and Viola -- 8'
Published: #114-41201

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#114-41201S)


Essay for Strings (1986) -- 8'
2Vln., Vla., Vc., Cb.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: 1986, Norfolk State University Orchestra


Fanfares and Waltzes for Guitar
Available From Composer


Flute Set for Solo Flute (1996)
Published: #114-41180


Four Lyric Pieces for Viola and Piano
Available From Composer


Lachrymosa: 1919 (1995) -- 12'
2Cl., 2Bsn; Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Little Diversions for Lord Byron's Court for Two Violins (2002) -- 8'30"
Not yet released (in prep: #114-41203)


Music for Ten Players for Chamber Ensemble
Available From Composer


Piano Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano
Available From MMB Music


Sanctum Rhapsody for Viola and Piano (1995) -- 13'
Published: #114-41099


Sonata for Trumpet and String Quartet
Published: #114-41171

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#114-41171P)
Full Score - Large (#114-41171S)


Sonatina for Flute and Piano
Available From Weingart


Songs of the Magi for Oboe and String Quartet
Available From International Opus


Spiritual for Brass for 4 Trumpets and 4 Trombones
Available From Trigram Music


String Quartet No. 1
Additional Information: (Custom Print: 114-41329)


Three Preludes for Guitar
Available From Composer


Three Smiles for Tracy for Solo Clarinet (1989)
Published: #114-41181


Two Impromptus for Harp Solo
Available From Composer


Two Romances for Solo Viola and Chamber Ensemble (1997) -- 10'
Solo Vla., Fl., Hp., 2Vln., Vla., Vcl.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Variations for 2 Flutes, Violin and Harp
Available From Composer


Variations for Trumpet (1981)
Published: #114-41202
Commission Information: William Doyle


Variations on a Guyanese Folksong for Violin or Viola and Piano
Available From Composer


Violin Sonata for Violin and Piano
Available From Composer


Violin Suite for Violin and Piano
Available From Composer



Keyboard


Adagio and Fugue in F minor for Organ
Available From Morning Star


Eight Variations on "Shalom Haverim" for Piano Solo (1981) -- 8’
Published: #490-01054


Five Friends for Piano Solo (1977) -- 8’
Published: #490-01055


Five Spirituals for Organ
Available From Concordia


Four Spirituals for Organ
Available From Morning Star


Guest Suite for Piano four-hands (2008) -- 6'
Additional Information: Published: 110-41780


Ignig Fatuus
Solo Piano
Published: #490-01151


Piano Sonata No. 1 for Piano Solo
Available From MMB Music


Piano Sonata No. 2
Published: #410-41333


Piano Sonata No. 3
Published: #410-41334


Prelude and March in F for Organ
Available From Composer


Prelude and Postlude on "Bring Many Names" for Organ
Available From Composer


Prelude and Postlude on "Hashivenu" for Organ
Available From Composer


Prelude and Postlude on "Shalom Havayreem" for Organ
Available From Composer


Prelude and Scherzo on "Winchester New" for Organ
Available From Concordia


Prelude on "Kum Ba Ya" for Organ
Available From Concordia


Prelude on "Veni Emmanuel" for Organ
Available From Concordia


Toccata on "Veni Emmanuel" for Organ
Available From E.C. Schirmer


Trio Sonata for Piano Solo (1991) -- 9'
Not yet released (in prep: #110-40751)
Additional Information: (Custom Print: #110-40751)


Two Scherzos for Solo Piano (1996) -- 10'
Published: #110-40752
Commission Information: Composed for pianist Karen Walwyn



Opera


Joshua's Boots an Opera in one Act (1998) -- 55'
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
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Commissioned by The Opera Theatre of St. Louis and The Kansas City Lyric Opera.
Premiere Information: June 11, 1998. Opera Theatre of St. Louis. 2000, Kansas City Lyric Opera.
Additional Information: Libretto by Susan Kander


Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground An Operatic Theaterpiece. (1994) -- 35'
Lyric Soprano, Dramatic Soprano, Tenor, Baritone soli; 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0; Timp Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Commissioned by The Dayton Opera Company
Premiere Information: February 10th, 1995. Dayton Opera, Victoria Theatre, Dayton, Ohio.
Additional Information: text by Paul Laurence Dunbar/Herbert Woodward Martin


Rise for Freedom The John P. Parker Story, a family opera (2007) -- 45'
2(2dbl.Picc.) 0 2 2 - 0 0 0 0; 1Perc. Pno. Str.(4 2 2 1) Voices: 2 Soprano, 3 Tenor, Bass-Baritone, + secondary roles
Commission Information: Commissioned by Cincinnati Opera, through the Opera’s Education Department
Premiere Information: 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st October, 2007. Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James R. Cassidy, directed by Sheila Ramsey. Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Reviews



Vocal and Choral


A Carol for All Children for Mixed Chorus, a cap.
Available From Alliance


A Christmas Canticle for SATB, a cap.
Published: #312-41822


A Kwanzaa Litany for SATB Chorus and Percussion -- 6'
Published: #312-41821

Available Separately:

Solo Part (#312-41821P)


A Kwanzaa Litany for TTBB Chorus and Percussion -- 6’
Published: #312-41820

Available Separately:

Solo Part (#312-41820P)


Arise My Beloved for SATB Chorus and Piano (1983) -- 2’30”
Published: #312-41791
Recordings


Break Forth for Mixed Chorus, Two Trumpets, Two Trombones, Organ and Timpani (1990) -- 7'
Published: #312-41724
Commission Information: Evelyn White Chorale

Available Separately:

Solo Part (#312-41724P)


Cease Sorrows Now for Mixed Chorus, a cap.
Available From Marks Music


Crucifixion, "He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word" for SATB Chorus, a cap. -- 4’30"
Part of Five Short Choral Works
Published: #312-41646
Recordings


Five Short Choral Works

I Will Sing of Life for SATB, a cap.

Nocturne

Crucifixion, "He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word" for SATB Chorus, a cap.

The Cloths of Heaven for SATB, a cap.

The Lamb for SATB, a cap.


Four Spirituals for Two Sopranos, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra (1991) -- 12’
2Sop. Soli, SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Movements:
“Great Day” Prelude
Certny Lord
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
In Dat Great Gittin Up Morning

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#412-41082)
Piano/Vocal Score (#412-41082A)


Go Down, Moses for Bass Solo and SATB Chorus, a cap. (1998) -- 3’
Published: #312-41763


I Am Only One for Accompanied Chorus
Available From Alliance


I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes A Cantata for Tenor Solo, Chorus and Accompaniment (1989) -- 18’
Solo Ten., SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Movements:
How Long? (Psalm 13)
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes (Psalm 121)
The Lord Is My Shepherd, Alleluia

Recordings

Available Separately:

Piano/Vocal Score (#312-41723)
Full Score - Large (#412-41080)


I Will Sing of Life for SATB, a cap. -- 6’30"
Part of Five Short Choral Works
Published: #312-41644
Commission Information: Ron Buck, for the Unitarian Church of Norfolk, VA
Additional Information: Text from Arthur Graham.
Recordings


I'll Trust in the Lord and Do the Best I Can for Voice and SATB Chorus (1994) -- 3’20”
Published: #312-41793
Additional Information: Text from Joseph Fletcher Jordan.


Little David Play on yo' Harp Spiritual for treble chorus (2003)
Published: #312-41829


Look to This Day for Mixed Chorus and Organ
Available From Marvel


Missa Brevis for Men's Chorus (2003) -- 10'
TB
Not yet released (in prep: #312-41826)
Additional Information: (Custom Print: #312-41826)


Missa Brevis for Treble Chorus (2003) -- 10'
SA
Not yet released (in prep: #312-41835)
Additional Information: (Custom Print: #312-41835)


Motherless Child arrangement for SATB Chorus, a cap. (2000) -- 7’30"
SATB, rehearsal Pno.
Published: #312-41794


My Lord, What a Moanin' for Mixed Chorus, a cap.
Available From Alliance


Nocturne -- 6’
Part of Five Short Choral Works
Published: #312-41645
Commission Information: Willard Frank, for the Unitarian Church of Norfolk, VA
Additional Information: Text from Jim Curtis.
Recordings


O Praise the Lord for Mixed Chorus, a cap.
Available From Alliance


Ride On King Jesus A Spiritual for TTBB Chorus (2003)
Not yet released (in prep: #312-41827)
Additional Information: Published: #312-41827


Set Me as a Seal Upon Thine Heart for Mixed Chorus, a cap.
Available From Boosey & Hawkes


Seven Songs of the Rubaiyat for SATB, a cap. (1981) -- 10’15"
Published: #312-41796
Additional Information: Text by Omar Khayyan (English translation by Edward Fitzgerald).
Recordings


Shout for Joy The Bank Street Festival Anthem (1990) -- 12'
SATB Chorus; 3Tpt. 3Tbn. Timp.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Bank Street Baptist Church of Norfolk, VA, in celebration of it 150th anniversary
Premiere Information: Bank St. Baptist Church Choir, Dr. Carl G. Harris, Organ, Norfolk, VA, May 1990
Additional Information: Texts from Psalm 33: 1-11, 20-22.

Available Separately:

Piano/Vocal Score (#312-41758)


Songs of Innocence for Three soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra (2000) -- 30'
3(Picc) 3(EH) 0 0; Hp, Pno/Cel, Perc; Strings; SATB
Published: #412-41083


Songs of Isaiah for Mixed Chorus and Piano or Orchestra
Available From MMB Music


The Cloths of Heaven for SATB, a cap. (1979) -- 3’
Part of Five Short Choral Works
Published: #312-41647
Additional Information: Text from William Butler Yeats.
Recordings


The Lamb for SATB, a cap. -- 5’30"
Part of Five Short Choral Works
Published: #312-41648
Additional Information: Text from William Blake
Recordings


The Song of Deborah for Mixed Chorus, a cap.
Available From Alliance


They That Wait on the Lord
Published: #312-41825


Triumph in My Song for Mixed Chorus, a cap.
Available From E.C. Schirmer


Wade in de Wadduh Spiritual for TTBB Chorus (2003)
Not yet released (in prep: #312-41828)
Additional Information: Published: #312-41828


Wake Up, My Spirit for SATB Chorus and Piano (1998) -- 3’40"
Published: #312-41765
Additional Information: Text from Psalm 57: 6-9


Whitman's Journey (2005) -- 60'
Solo Bar.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Commissioned by the Master Chorale of Washington, DC, Donald McCullough, music director.
Premiere Information: 23rd April, 2006. Kennedy Center, Washington DC: Master Chorale of Washington


Ye Shall Have a Song for Accompanied Chorus
Available From Marvel


Recordings


Intrada for Symphony Orchestra


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Recordings HAIL-001:
Baltimore Symphony, Daniel Hege, conductor



I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes A Cantata for Tenor Solo, Chorus and Accompaniment


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Recordings HAIL-001:
Morgan State University Choir, Thomas Young, tenor, Dr. Nathan Carter, conductor



I Will Sing of Life for SATB, a cap.


Albany Records The McCullough Chorale Sings Hailstork



Nocturne


Albany Records The McCullough Chorale Sings Hailstork



Crucifixion, "He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word" for SATB Chorus, a cap.


Collins Records Plymouth Music Series: Witness
Philip Brunelle, conductor



Albany Records The McCullough Chorale Sings Hailstork



The Cloths of Heaven for SATB, a cap.


Albany Records The McCullough Chorale Sings Hailstork



The Lamb for SATB, a cap.


Albany Records The McCullough Chorale Sings Hailstork



Arise My Beloved for SATB Chorus and Piano


Albany Records The McCullough Chorale Sings Hailstork



Seven Songs of the Rubaiyat for SATB, a cap.


Albany Records The McCullough Chorale Sings Hailstork



Reviews


Violin Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

"Adolphus Hailstork's dynamic An American Fanfare [was] a showcase for the orchestra's brass and percussion players."

-Chip Chandler, The Amarillo Globe-News


Violin Concerto For Violin And Orchestra

"…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


Rise for Freedom The John P. Parker Story, a family opera

"… 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




Page last updated June 17, 2009