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.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Solo 2 Scherzos 10:00 Piano Unaccompanied Bassoon SetFor Solo Bassoon 5:00 Bassoon Unaccompanied Eight Variations On “Shalom Chaverim” 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied Five FriendsSuite for Piano 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied Flute SetFor Solo Flute 5:00 Four PreludesFor Harp 1030 Harp Ignis Fatuus(Mysterious Fires) 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied Piano Sonata No. 2 Piano Unaccompanied Piano Sonata No. 3 13:00 Piano Unaccompanied Suite for Solo Violin 11:00 Violin The Surprising Thing IsCaprice for Violin Solo 15:00 Violin Unaccompanied Theme and Variations on “Draw the Sacred Circle Closer” 1030 Cello Unaccompanied Three Smiles for TraceyFor Solo Clarinet 4:00 Clarinet Unaccompanied Trio SonataFor Solo Piano 9:00 Piano Unaccompanied Two Studies On Chant MelodiesFor Organ 10:00 Organ VariationsFor Trumpet 4:00 Chamber Ensemble A La Mozart 7:00 2 Violins A Simple Caprice(Variants on a theme of Langston Hughes) 13:00 Clarinet, Piano American Fanfare 4:30 3Tpt. 4Hn. 3Tbn. Tu. 3Perc. Timp. American Landscape String Duet ArmageddonSonata for Organ and Percussion 20:00 Percussion Ensemble As Falling Leaves 22:00 Mixed Trio Baroque Suite Violin with Piano Chinese Zodiac Suite 33:00 Flute, Harp, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello Consort PieceFor Mixed Septet 8:40 DivertimentoFor Violin and Viola 6:00 String Duet Evensong(A Suite of Nocturnes) 20:00 String Duet Fanfare on Amazing Gracefor Brass Quintet, Timpani and Organ 3:20 2Tpt. Hn. Trb. Tu.; Timp. Org. Fantasy PieceFor Viola and Piano 13:00 Viola with Piano Fantasy, Elegy, and CapriceFor Cello and Piano 14:00 Cello, Piano Fantasy, Elegy, and CapriceFor Viola and Piano 14:00 Viola, Piano Ghosts In Grey And BlueMusic For Brass Trio 18:00 Brass Trio Guest SuiteFor Piano Duet 1pno, 4hands John Henry’s Big(Man Vs. Machine) 12:00 Trombone with Piano Little Diversions for Lord Byr Violin Duet Little Diversions for Lord Byron’s Court 8:30 String Duet SanctumRhapsody for Clarinet and Piano 13:00 Clarinet with Piano SanctumRhapsody for Viola and Piano Viola with Piano Sonata for Trumpet and Piano 21:00 Trumpet with Piano Sonata for Two Pianos 12:00 2 pianos Springtime For ElephantsFor Two Tubas 3:25 2 Tubas String Quartet No. 1For 2 Violins, Viola, and Violoncello 17:00 String Quartet String Quartet No. 3(Balm in Gilead) 15:00 String Quartet The Blue Bag 6:00 Clarinet with Piano Three MeditationsFor Viola And Organ 14:00 Mixed Duet Three SpiritualsFor String Trio(arr.) 9:00 String Trio Two By TwoFor Horn And Trombone 2:00 Brass Duet Two Novelettes 105 Mixed Duet Two Novelettes 5:00 String Duet Two Novelettes 5:00 String Duet Variations On “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”String Quartet No. 2 15:00 String Quartet Variations On A Guyanese Folksong 5:30 Violin with Piano Ventriloquist Acts Of GodFive Songs for Soprano On Poems Of Ellen Wise 16:00 Voice with Piano Violin Concerto 25:00 Viola with Piano Who Is Sylvia?For Coloratura Soprano, Violin, and Piano 7:00 Voice with Instrument Voice and Ensemble Shout for JoyThe Bank Street Festival Anthem 12:00 SATB Chorus; 3Tpt. 3Tbn. Timp. Org. Summer. Life. SongFor Soprano, Clarinet, and String Quartet 20:00 Voice and Instrument Whitman’s Journey 57:00 Solo Bar.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str. Chorus A Christmas Canticle(A Virgin Shall Conceive) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 3:00 SATB A Good-NightFor Mixed Chorus 5:00 SATB A Kwanzaa Litany(Let It Be So) – for Bass Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Percussion 6:00 SATB A Kwanzaa Litany (Let It Be So)For Bass Solo, Men’s Chorus, and Percussion 6:00 Men’s Chorus Arise, My BelovedFor S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 2:20 SATB Break Forth 7:00 SATB Done Made My VowA Ceremony 45:00 Mixed Chorus Earthrise 2 SATB Choirs and Piano Five Short Choral Works 3. CrucifixionHe Never Said A Mumblin’ Word, Satb., A Cappella 4:30 Mixed Chorus Four SpiritualsFor 2 Sopranos, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra (Piano Reduction) 12:00 SATB Go Down, MosesFor Solo Bass and S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 3:00 Mixed Chorus Goin’ Home Mixed Chorus I Will Lift Up Mine EyesA Cantata for Tenor Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra 18:00 Mixed Chorus I Will Sing Of LifeS.A.T.B., A Cappella 6:30 SATB I’ll Trust In The Lord and Do The Best I Can 3:20 Into A Time 2:00 SATB Lead Gently, LordFrom “Three Dunbar Hymns” 3:00 SSA Little David, Play On Yo’ HarpFor Treble Chorus, A Cappella 2:30 Women’s Chorus Little LambFrom “Three Dunbar Hymns” 3:00 SATB Meditation“Think On These Things” 4:30 SSAA Missa Brevis for Treble Chorus SSAA Motherless Child(arr.) 7:30 SATB NocturneNo.2 From Five Short Choral Works, S.A.T.B. A Cappella 6:00 Mixed Chorus Ride On, King JesusFor Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.) 2:00 Men’s Chorus Seven Songs Of The RubaiyatFor S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 1015 Mixed Chorus Shout for Joy(The Bank Street Festival Anthem) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus and Organ 12:00 SATB Since I Lay My Burden Down Mixed Chorus So Glad Mixed Chorus The Cloths Of HeavenS.A.T.B., A Cappella 3:00 SATB The LambNo. 5 From “”Five Short Choral Works 5:30 SATB They That Wait Upon The LordFor S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 3:45 SATB Until I Reach My Home Mixed Chorus Wade In De WahduhFor Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.) 2:45 Men’s Chorus Wake Up, My SpiritFor S.A.T.B. Chorus and Piano 3:40 SATB When Storms AriseFrom “Three Dunbar Hymns” 3:00 SATB Chorus and Orchestra Break Forthfor Chorus and Orchestra 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. Crispus AttucksAmerican Patriot 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. Done Made My Vowfor Narrator, Soloists, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra 45:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 5Perc. Cel. Str. EarthRise(A Song of Healing) 28:00 2 Choirs; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. Four Spiritualsfor Two Sopranos, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra 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 Hands
2Sop. Soli, SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
I Will Lift Up Mine EyesA Cantata for Solo Tenor, Chorus, and Orchestra 18:00 Solo Ten., SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str. Serenade“To Hearts Which Near Each Other Move” 25:00 SATB Chorus; 2 3(E.H.) 2 2 – 3 0 0 0; Cel. Hp. Str. Songs of Innocencefor Three Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra 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. Songs of Innocencefor Three Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version) 30:00 Sop. Mezzo-Sop. Bar. Soli, S.A.T.B. Chorus; 1Fl. (dbl. Picc., Alto Fl.); 1Perc. Hp. Str. (220.127.116.11.0) The Gift of the MagiA “Choral Ballet” for Dancers, Chamber Orchestra and Children’s Chorus 24:00 SSA Chorus; 2 2(dbl. E.H.) 1 – 0 0 0 0; Perc. Pno.(dbl.Cel.) Hp. Str. The Gift of the MagiNarrated Concert Version for Chamber orchestra, Treble chorus (SSA), and Narrator 31:00 Narr., SSA Chorus; 2 2(dbl. E.H.) 0 1 – 0 0 0 0; 1Perc. Pno.(dbl.Cel.) Hp. Str. Orchestra An American Port of Call 10:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3(B.Tbn.) 2 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str. Baroque Suitefor String Orchestra (with optional Harpsichord) 12:00 Str. Church Street Serenadefor String Orchestra 6:20 Str. Essay for Strings 8:00 Str. Fanfare on Amazing Gracefor Orchestra 3:20 2 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str. Herculesfor Orchestra 14:00 3(Picc.) 3(dbl. E.H.) 3(dbl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str. Intradafor Symphony Orchestra 1:25 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str. Lachrymosa: 1919 12:00 2Cl. 2Bsn. Str. Ndemarafor Chamber Orchestra 13:00 0 2 0 0 – 2 0 0 0; Str. Sagrada 13:00 2Ob. 2Hn.; Str. Sonatafor Trumpet (or Clarinet) and String Orchestra 21:00 Solo Tpt. (or Cl.); Str. Symphony No. 2 35:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 2 3(3 dbl. Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str. Symphony No. 3 4045 3(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str. Three Spiritualsfor Orchestra 8:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str. To Those Who Serve 7:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 1Perc. Str. Two Romancesfor Viola and Chamber Orchestra 10:00 Solo Vla.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Hp. Str. Two Romancesfor Viola and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version) 10:00 Solo Vla.; Fl. Hp. Str. (1 1 1 1 0) Violin Concerto 25:00 Solo Violin; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str. Opera Joshua’s BootsAn Opera in one Act 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 Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common GroundAn Operatic Theaterpiece. 35:00 Lyric Sop. Dramatic Sop. Ten. Bari.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp Perc. Str. Band / Wind Ensemble Celebration!for Band 3:30 The Bones of Mr. Fortunefor Solo Flute and Orchestral Winds 11:00 Solo Fl.; 3(Picc.) 2 3 2 – 4 3 3 1; 4Perc.
A LA MOZART
for Two Violins
…tonal, rhythmic, and lyrical. …the parts are cleverly interwoven.
–Susan Pierotti, Stringendo
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
…an enchanting show…magic…
…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
…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
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
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
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
Seven Songs of the Rubaiyat
The Clothes of Heaven
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): An American Fanfare
Done Made My Vow
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
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
for Brass and PercussionAn American Port of Call
for OrchestraBreak Forth
for Chorus and OrchestraDone Made My Vow
for Narrator, Soloists, Mixed Chorus and OrchestraEarthrise
(A Song of Healing) for Chorus and OrchestraFanfare on Amazing Grace
for OrchestraI Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
for Solo Tenor, Chorus, and OrchestraJoshua’s Boots
An Opera in One ActSerenade
“To Hearts Which Near Each Other Move”
for Chorus and OrchestraShout for Joy
The Bank Street Festival Anthem for Chorus and Chamber EnsembleSymphony No. 2
for OrchestraSymphony No. 3
for OrchestraThe Gift of the Magi
A “Choral Ballet” for Dancers, Chamber Orchestra and Children’s ChorusThree Spirituals
for OrchestraTwo Romances
for Viola and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version)Whitman’s Journey
for Baritone and Orchestra