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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    2 Scherzos 110-40752 10:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Bassoon Set
    For Solo Bassoon
    114-41179 5:00 Bassoon Unaccompanied
    Eight Variations On “Shalom Chaverim” 490-01054 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Five Friends
    Suite for Piano
    490-01055 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Flute Set
    For Solo Flute
    114-41180 5:00
    Four Preludes
    For Harp
    114-41657 :10:30 Harp
    Ignis Fatuus
    (Mysterious Fires)
    490-01151 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Piano Sonata No. 2 410-41333 Piano Unaccompanied
    Piano Sonata No. 3 410-41334 13:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Suite for Solo Violin 114-41857 11:00 Violin
    The Surprising Thing Is
    Caprice for Violin Solo
    114-41580 15:00 Violin Unaccompanied
    Theme and Variations on “Draw the Sacred Circle Closer” 114-41579 10:30 Cello Unaccompanied
    Three Smiles for Tracey
    For Solo Clarinet
    114-41181 4:00 Clarinet Unaccompanied
    Trio Sonata
    For Solo Piano
    110-40751 9:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Two Studies On Chant Melodies
    For Organ
    113-40044 :10:00 Organ
    For Trumpet
    114-41202 4:00
    Chamber Ensemble
    A La Mozart 114-41858 7:00 2 Violins
    American Fanfare 10579 4:30 3Tpt. 4Hn. 3Tbn. Tu. 3Perc. Timp.
    American Landscape 114-41228 String Duet
    Sonata for Organ and Percussion
    114-41370 20:00 Organ, 2 Percussion
    As Falling Leaves 114-41170 22:00 Mixed Trio
    Baroque Suite 114-41217 Violin with Piano
    The Blue Bag 114-41582 6:00 Clarinet with Piano
    Chinese Zodiac Suite 114-41915 33:00 Flute, Harp, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello
    Consort Piece
    For Mixed Septet
    114-41100 8:40
    For Violin and Viola
    114-41201 6:00 String Duet
    (A Suite of Nocturnes)
    114-41596 20:00 String Duet
    Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    for Brass Quintet, Timpani and Organ
    17006 3:20 2Tpt. Hn. Trb. Tu.; Timp. Org.
    Fantasy, Elegy, and Caprice
    For Cello and Piano
    114-41887 14:00 Cello, Piano
    Fantasy, Elegy, and Caprice
    For Viola and Piano
    114-41886 14:00 Viola, Piano
    Fantasy Piece
    For Viola and Piano
    114-41583 13:00 Viola with Piano
    Ghosts In Grey And Blue
    Music For Brass Trio
    114-41746 18:00 Brass Trio
    Guest Suite
    For Piano Duet
    110-41780 1pno, 4hands
    John Henry’s Big
    (Man Vs. Machine)
    114-41445 12:00 Trombone with Piano
    Little Diversions for Lord Byr 114-41203 Violin Duet
    Little Diversions for Lord Byron’s Court 114-41557 8:30 String Duet
    Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano
    114-41326 13:00 Clarinet with Piano
    Rhapsody for Viola and Piano
    114-41099 Viola with Piano
    A Simple Caprice
    (Variants on a theme of Langston Hughes)
    114-41234 13:00 Clarinet, Piano
    Sonata for Trumpet and Piano 114-41090 21:00 Trumpet with Piano
    Sonata for Two Pianos 110-41779 12:00 2 pianos
    Springtime For Elephants
    For Two Tubas
    114-41656 3:25 2 Tubas
    String Quartet No. 1
    For 2 Violins, Viola, and Violoncello
    114-41329 17:00 String Quartet
    String Quartet No. 3
    (Balm in Gilead)
    114-41655 15:00 String Quartet
    Three Meditations
    For Viola And Organ
    114-41762 :14:00 Mixed Duet
    Three Spirituals
    For String Trio(arr.)
    114-41532 9:00 String Trio
    Two By Two
    For Horn And Trombone
    114-41661 2:00 Brass Duet
    Two Novelettes
    For Clarinet and Cello
    114-41896 5:00 Mixed Duet
    Two Novelettes
    For Viola and Cello
    114-41897 5:00 String Duet
    Two Novelettes
    For Violin and Cello
    114-41898 5:00 String Duet
    Variations On A Guyanese Folksong 114-41581 5:30 Violin with Piano
    Variations On “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
    String Quartet No. 2
    114-41575 15:00 String Quartet
    Ventriloquist Acts Of God
    Five Songs for Soprano On Poems Of Ellen Wise
    111-40221 16:00 Voice with Piano
    Violin Concerto 114-41594 25:00 Viola with Piano
    Who Is Sylvia?
    For Coloratura Soprano, Violin, and Piano
    111-40223 7:00 Voice with Instrument
    Voice and Ensemble
    Shout for Joy
    The Bank Street Festival Anthem
    10025 12:00 SATB Chorus; 3Tpt. 3Tbn. Timp. Org.
    Summer. Life. Song
    For Soprano, Clarinet, and String Quartet
    111-40277 20:00 Voice and Instrument
    Whitman’s Journey 17301 57:00 Solo Bar.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Arise, My Beloved
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41791 2:20 SATB
    Break Forth 312-41724 7:00 SATB
    A Christmas Canticle
    (A Virgin Shall Conceive) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41822 3:00 SATB
    The Cloths Of Heaven
    S.A.T.B., A Cappella
    312-41647 3:00 SATB
    Done Made My Vow
    A Ceremony
    412-41087 45:00 Mixed Chorus
    Earthrise 412-41085 2 SATB Choirs and Piano
    Five Short Choral Works 3. Crucifixion
    He Never Said A Mumblin’ Word, Satb., A Cappella
    312-41646 4:30 Mixed Chorus
    Four Spirituals
    For 2 Sopranos, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra (Piano Reduction)
    412-41082 12:00 SATB
    Go Down, Moses
    For Solo Bass and S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41763 3:00 Mixed Chorus
    Goin’ Home 312-41867 Mixed Chorus
    A Good-Night
    For Mixed Chorus
    312-41862 5:00 SATB
    I’ll Trust In The Lord and Do The Best I Can 312-41793 3:20
    Into A Time 312-41861 2:00 SATB
    I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    A Cantata for Tenor Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra
    312-41723 18:00 Mixed Chorus
    I Will Sing Of Life
    S.A.T.B., A Cappella
    312-41644 6:30 SATB
    A Kwanzaa Litany
    (Let It Be So) – for Bass Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Percussion
    312-41821 6:00 SATB
    A Kwanzaa Litany (Let It Be So)
    For Bass Solo, Men’s Chorus, and Percussion
    312-41820 6:00 Men’s Chorus
    The Lamb
    No. 5 From “”Five Short Choral Works
    312-41648 5:30 SATB
    Lead Gently, Lord
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    312-41850 3:00 SSA
    Little David, Play On Yo’ Harp
    For Treble Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41829 2:30 Women’s Chorus
    Little Lamb
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    312-41851 3:00 SATB
    “Think On These Things”
    312-41870 4:30 SSAA
    Missa Brevis for Treble Chorus 312-41835 SSAA
    Motherless Child(arr.) 312-41794 7:30 SATB
    No.2 From Five Short Choral Works, S.A.T.B. A Cappella
    312-41645 6:00 Mixed Chorus
    Ride On, King Jesus
    For Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.)
    312-41827 2:00 Men’s Chorus
    Seven Songs Of The Rubaiyat
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41796 10:15 Mixed Chorus
    Shout for Joy
    (The Bank Street Festival Anthem) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus and Organ
    312-41758 12:00 SATB
    Since I Lay My Burden Down 312-41866 Mixed Chorus
    So Glad 312-41865 Mixed Chorus
    They That Wait Upon The Lord
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41825 3:45 SATB
    Until I Reach My Home 312-41864 Mixed Chorus
    Wade In De Wahduh
    For Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.)
    312-41828 2:45 Men’s Chorus
    Wake Up, My Spirit
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus and Piano
    312-41765 3:40 SATB
    When Storms Arise
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    312-41849 3:00 SATB
    Chorus and Orchestra
    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.
    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.
    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.
    (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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    “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.
    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.
    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. (
    Within Our Gates
    for Solo Soprano, Solo Tenor, SATB Chorus and String Orchestra
    23515 01:17:00 Sop., Ten., SATB Ch.; Str.
    An American Port of Call 17423 10:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3(B.Tbn.) 2 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    Baroque Suite
    for String Orchestra (with optional Harpsichord)
    10107 12:00 Str.
    Church Street Serenade
    for String Orchestra
    17005 6:20 Str.
    Essay for Strings 10144 8:00 Str.
    Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    for Orchestra
    17085 3:20 2 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    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.
    for Symphony Orchestra
    10147 1:25 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    Lachrymosa: 1919 10037 12:00 2Cl. 2Bsn. Str.
    for Chamber Orchestra
    23584 13:00 0 2 0 0 – 2 0 0 0; Str.
    Sagrada 23618 13:00 2Ob. 2Hn.; Str.
    for Trumpet (or Clarinet) and String Orchestra
    10158 21:00 Solo Tpt. (or Cl.); Str.
    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.
    Symphony No. 3 17017 40:44 3(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    Three Spirituals
    for Orchestra
    17007 8:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    To Those Who Serve 23650 7:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 1Perc. Str.
    Two Romances
    for Viola and Chamber Orchestra
    10156 10:00 Solo Vla.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Hp. Str.
    Two Romances
    for Viola and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version)
    10157 10:00 Solo Vla.; Fl. Hp. Str. (1 1 1 1 0)
    Violin Concerto 16940 25:00 Solo Violin; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    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
    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
    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.

    for Two Violins
    …tonal, rhythmic, and lyrical. …the parts are cleverly interwoven.
    –Susan Pierotti, Stringendo

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

    The brass section riffed and rocketed through the active texture…with the famous hymn tune shining over it in the strings.
    –Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review

    …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

    … 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 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
    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): 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

  • 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
    (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
    “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