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.


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Solo
    110-40752 2 Scherzos
    10:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    114-41179 Bassoon Set
    For Solo Bassoon
    5:00 Bassoon Unaccompanied
    490-01054 Eight Variations On “Shalom Chaverim”
    8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    490-01055 Five Friends
    Suite for Piano
    8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    114-41180 Flute Set
    For Solo Flute
    5:00
    114-41657 Four Preludes
    For Harp
    1030 Harp
    490-01151 Ignis Fatuus
    (Mysterious Fires)
    8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    410-41333 Piano Sonata No. 2
    Piano Unaccompanied
    410-41334 Piano Sonata No. 3
    13:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    114-41857 Suite for Solo Violin
    11:00 Violin
    114-41580 The Surprising Thing Is
    Caprice for Violin Solo
    15:00 Violin Unaccompanied
    114-41579 Theme and Variations on “Draw the Sacred Circle Closer”
    1030 Cello Unaccompanied
    114-41181 Three Smiles for Tracey
    For Solo Clarinet
    4:00 Clarinet Unaccompanied
    110-40751 Trio Sonata
    For Solo Piano
    9:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    113-40044 Two Studies On Chant Melodies
    For Organ
    10:00 Organ
    114-41202 Variations
    For Trumpet
    4:00
    Chamber Ensemble
    114-41858 A La Mozart
    7:00 2 Violins
    114-41234 A Simple Caprice
    (Variants on a theme of Langston Hughes)
    13:00 Clarinet, Piano
    10579 American Fanfare
    4:30 3Tpt. 4Hn. 3Tbn. Tu. 3Perc. Timp.
    114-41228 American Landscape
    String Duet
    114-41370 Armageddon
    Sonata for Organ and Percussion
    20:00 Percussion Ensemble
    114-41170 As Falling Leaves
    22:00 Mixed Trio
    114-41217 Baroque Suite
    Violin with Piano
    114-41915 Chinese Zodiac Suite
    33:00 Flute, Harp, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello
    114-41100 Consort Piece
    For Mixed Septet
    8:40
    114-41201 Divertimento
    For Violin and Viola
    6:00 String Duet
    114-41596 Evensong
    (A Suite of Nocturnes)
    20:00 String Duet
    17006 Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    for Brass Quintet, Timpani and Organ
    3:20 2Tpt. Hn. Trb. Tu.; Timp. Org.
    114-41583 Fantasy Piece
    For Viola and Piano
    13:00 Viola with Piano
    114-41887 Fantasy, Elegy, and Caprice
    For Cello and Piano
    14:00 Cello, Piano
    114-41886 Fantasy, Elegy, and Caprice
    For Viola and Piano
    14:00 Viola, Piano
    114-41746 Ghosts In Grey And Blue
    Music For Brass Trio
    18:00 Brass Trio
    110-41780 Guest Suite
    For Piano Duet
    1pno, 4hands
    114-41445 John Henry’s Big
    (Man Vs. Machine)
    12:00 Trombone with Piano
    114-41203 Little Diversions for Lord Byr
    Violin Duet
    114-41557 Little Diversions for Lord Byron’s Court
    8:30 String Duet
    114-41326 Sanctum
    Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano
    13:00 Clarinet with Piano
    114-41099 Sanctum
    Rhapsody for Viola and Piano
    Viola with Piano
    114-41090 Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
    21:00 Trumpet with Piano
    110-41779 Sonata for Two Pianos
    12:00 2 pianos
    114-41656 Springtime For Elephants
    For Two Tubas
    3:25 2 Tubas
    114-41329 String Quartet No. 1
    For 2 Violins, Viola, and Violoncello
    17:00 String Quartet
    114-41655 String Quartet No. 3
    (Balm in Gilead)
    15:00 String Quartet
    114-41582 The Blue Bag
    6:00 Clarinet with Piano
    114-41762 Three Meditations
    For Viola And Organ
    14:00 Mixed Duet
    114-41532 Three Spirituals
    For String Trio(arr.)
    9:00 String Trio
    114-41661 Two By Two
    For Horn And Trombone
    2:00 Brass Duet
    114-41896 Two Novelettes
    105 Mixed Duet
    114-41897 Two Novelettes
    5:00 String Duet
    114-41898 Two Novelettes
    5:00 String Duet
    114-41575 Variations On “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
    String Quartet No. 2
    15:00 String Quartet
    114-41581 Variations On A Guyanese Folksong
    5:30 Violin with Piano
    111-40221 Ventriloquist Acts Of God
    Five Songs for Soprano On Poems Of Ellen Wise
    16:00 Voice with Piano
    114-41594 Violin Concerto
    25:00 Viola with Piano
    111-40223 Who Is Sylvia?
    For Coloratura Soprano, Violin, and Piano
    7:00 Voice with Instrument
    Voice and Ensemble
    10025 Shout for Joy
    The Bank Street Festival Anthem
    12:00 SATB Chorus; 3Tpt. 3Tbn. Timp. Org.
    23590 Shout for Joy
    The Bank Street Festival Anthem
    12:00 SATB Chorus; 3Tpt. 3Tbn. Timp. Org. Str.
    111-40277 Summer. Life. Song
    For Soprano, Clarinet, and String Quartet
    20:00 Voice and Instrument
    17301 Whitman’s Journey
    57:00 Solo Bar.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Chorus
    312-41822 A Christmas Canticle
    (A Virgin Shall Conceive) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    3:00 SATB
    312-41862 A Good-Night
    For Mixed Chorus
    5:00 SATB
    312-41821 A Kwanzaa Litany
    (Let It Be So) – for Bass Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Percussion
    6:00 SATB
    312-41820 A Kwanzaa Litany (Let It Be So)
    For Bass Solo, Men’s Chorus, and Percussion
    6:00 Men’s Chorus
    312-41791 Arise, My Beloved
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    2:20 SATB
    312-41724 Break Forth
    7:00 SATB
    412-41087 Done Made My Vow
    A Ceremony
    45:00 Mixed Chorus
    412-41085 Earthrise
    (A Song of Healing)
    28:00 SATB Voices with Piano
    312-41646 Five Short Choral Works 3. Crucifixion
    He Never Said A Mumblin’ Word, Satb., A Cappella
    4:30 Mixed Chorus
    412-41082 Four Spirituals
    For 2 Sopranos, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra (Piano Reduction)
    12:00 SATB
    312-41763 Go Down, Moses
    For Solo Bass and S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    3:00 Mixed Chorus
    312-41867 Goin’ Home
    Mixed Chorus
    312-41723 I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    A Cantata for Tenor Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra
    18:00 Mixed Chorus
    312-41644 I Will Sing Of Life
    S.A.T.B., A Cappella
    6:30 SATB
    312-41793 I’ll Trust In The Lord and Do The Best I Can
    3:20
    312-41861 Into A Time
    2:00 SATB
    312-41850 Lead Gently, Lord
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    3:00 SSA
    312-41829 Little David, Play On Yo’ Harp
    For Treble Chorus, A Cappella
    2:30 Women’s Chorus
    312-41851 Little Lamb
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    3:00 SATB
    312-41870 Meditation
    “Think On These Things”
    4:30 SSAA
    312-41835 Missa Brevis for Treble Chorus
    SSAA
    312-41794 Motherless Child
    (arr.)
    7:30 SATB
    312-41645 Nocturne
    No.2 From Five Short Choral Works, S.A.T.B. A Cappella
    6:00 Mixed Chorus
    312-41827 Ride On, King Jesus
    For Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.)
    2:00 Men’s Chorus
    312-41796 Seven Songs Of The Rubaiyat
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    1015 Mixed Chorus
    312-41758 Shout for Joy
    (The Bank Street Festival Anthem) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus and Organ
    12:00 SATB
    312-41866 Since I Lay My Burden Down
    Mixed Chorus
    312-41865 So Glad
    Mixed Chorus
    312-41647 The Cloths Of Heaven
    S.A.T.B., A Cappella
    3:00 SATB
    312-41648 The Lamb
    No. 5 From “”Five Short Choral Works
    5:30 SATB
    312-41825 They That Wait Upon The Lord
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    3:45 SATB
    312-41864 Until I Reach My Home
    Mixed Chorus
    312-41828 Wade In De Wahduh
    For Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.)
    2:45 Men’s Chorus
    312-41765 Wake Up, My Spirit
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus and Piano
    3:40 SATB
    312-41849 When Storms Arise
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    3:00 SATB
    Chorus and Orchestra
    17036 Break Forth
    for 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.
    16970 Crispus Attucks
    American 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.
    17382 Done Made My Vow
    for Narrator, Soloists, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
    45:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 5Perc. Cel. Str.
    17016 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.
    10134 Four Spirituals
    for 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.
    10580 I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    A Cantata for Solo Tenor, Chorus, and Orchestra
    18:00 Solo Ten., SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    17333 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.
    17033 Songs of Innocence
    for 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.
    17034 Songs of Innocence
    for 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. (1.1.1.1.0)
    17391 The Gift of the Magi
    A “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.
    23487 The Gift of the Magi
    Narrated 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
    17423 An American Port of Call
    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)
    12:00 Str.
    17005 Church Street Serenade
    for String Orchestra
    6:20 Str.
    10144 Essay for Strings
    8:00 Str.
    17085 Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    for Orchestra
    3:20 2 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    23480 Hercules
    for Orchestra
    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
    1:25 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    10037 Lachrymosa: 1919
    12:00 2Cl. 2Bsn. Str.
    23584 Ndemara
    for Chamber Orchestra
    13:00 0 2 0 0 – 2 0 0 0; Str.
    23618 Sagrada
    13:00 2Ob. 2Hn.; Str.
    10158 Sonata
    for Trumpet (or Clarinet) and String Orchestra
    21:00 Solo Tpt. (or Cl.); Str.
    23556 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.
    17017 Symphony No. 3
    4045 3(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    17007 Three Spirituals
    for Orchestra
    8:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    23650 To Those Who Serve
    7:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 1Perc. Str.
    10156 Two Romances
    for Viola and Chamber Orchestra
    10:00 Solo Vla.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Hp. Str.
    10157 Two Romances
    for Viola and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version)
    10:00 Solo Vla.; Fl. Hp. Str. (1 1 1 1 0)
    16940 Violin Concerto
    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
    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.
    35:00 Lyric Sop. Dramatic Sop. Ten. Bari.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp Perc. Str.
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    115-40235 Celebration!
    for Band
    3:30
    23548 The Bones of Mr. Fortune
    for 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

    FANFARE ON AMAZING GRACE
    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

    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): An American Fanfare
    Done Made My Vow
    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
    Ndemara
    for Chamber Orchestra
    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
    Shout for Joy (Version with Strings)
    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
    The Gift of the Magi
    Concert Version with Narrator
    Three Spirituals
    for Orchestra
    Two Romances
    for Viola and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version)
    Whitman’s Journey
    for Baritone and Orchestra

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