Recent News


Six of my works are now being published at Murphy Music Press! These include Crossroads Fanfare, Manhattan, Colors, Ping, All Thumbs, and an older work for saxophone quartet, Echoes.

January update

There are now many performances of my pieces lined up for the first few months of 2015 all across the US! I’ll be traveling to Tallahassee, Arkadelphia, and Seattle in the coming months, and am looking forward to the free beverage service on my flights.

Soundtrack of an Open Road for Cello and Fixed Media was finished about a week ago, and there are already plans for it’s premiere and more!

A recording of most of Winter’s Summer is now available on the Listen and Works page.

Up next is a work for Euphonium and Piano for David Dimmit, a terrific performer and fellow Kansas City dweller!

I’ve become involved in other groups in Kansas City in the past months including the Mnemosyne Quartet, an improvisation-based group. We recently performed an entire concert as part of the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance’s (KcEMA) happy hour concert series, and in August brought street art-style performance to downtown KC.

Until next time,

Fall/Winter Performances

October was quite a busy month with two big performances one after another:

On October 23 the UMKC Wind Symphony, under the direction of Steven Davis, gave an excellent premiere of Crossroads Fanfare in Kansas City! That performance is now online and can be heard below. The Wind Symphony will also be performing it again on November 7th in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City as part of the UMKC Crescendo concert.

The next day on October 24 I performed Winter’s Summer at the New Horizons Music Festival in Kirksville, Missouri at the beautiful Truman State University campus!

Coming up in January Winter’s Summer will be performed again at the Florida State University New Music Festival in Tallahassee, Florida!

There are more tentative performances through 2015, and as they are confirmed I will post them here.

American Prize Results

The American Prize released the results for the Composition category in Band/Wind Ensemble this week and I was awarded third place for my piece Manhattan in the student division! It is an incredible honor to receive this recognition. The judges’ comments on the piece included “off-beat, jazzy, humorous and…convincing.”  To read the full press release visit the American Prize here


About Ted

Ted King-Smith's music is a hybrid of vernacular and contemporary music, exploring the vast sonic space between an energetic drive and a surreal stillness. Hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York, Ted began his studies in music on the saxophone at age 8. After performing with dozens of ensembles in the region ranging from improvisatory rock bands to jazz ensembles he went on to attend and graduate from the Hartt School of Music in 2010, and Washington State University in 2012. He is currently pursuing his DMA in composition at the University of Missouri – Kansas City where his current teachers include Chen Yi and James Mobberley. 
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Upcoming Performances

Winter and Spring performances 2015

March 17, 7:30pm, UMKC Guild Concert

Soundtrack of an Open Road (world premiere)
Tiffany Bell
University of Missouri - Kansas City, Grant Recital Hall
Kansas City, Missouri

March 20, 7:30pm, CMS Pacific Northwest Region Conference

Winter's Summer
Duke Sullivan
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, Washington

April 12, 7:30pm Matt Kasper's Senior Recital

Winter's Summer
Matt Kasper
University of Missouri - Kansas City, Grant Recital Hall
Kansas City, Missouri

April 16, 7:30pm, Hartt Saxophone Studio Recital

Hartt Saxophone Ensemble
The Hartt School of Music
Hartford, Connecticut

April 17-18, Exchange of Midwest Composers' Conference

Winter's Summer
Iowa State University
Iowa City, Iowa

June 28, 8:00pm, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival

Winter's Summer
Performer TBA
Abrons Arts Center, Playground Hall
New York, New York