Recent News

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

Summer’s end, Fall’s beginning.

As summer has now officially ended, so has my intensive summer writing. Crossroads Fanfare for the UMKC Wind Symphony was finished a few weeks ago and is going to be premiered on October 23 in Kansas City. Lastly, Wanderings on the Divide after two years is finally finished! I’m currently exploring performance opportunities and hope to have it premiered next year. Both pieces will be added to the Works page soon, and recordings will be posted as they come in. Ping was recorded last weekend in Seattle by the Alloy quartet, and I look forward to hearing the edited and mastered version in the coming months.

Over the next few months I’ll be hard at work in Kansas City teaching, studying, and performing; as well as writing my next piece for Cello and recorded car sounds.

Root Signals Electronic Music Festival

I’ll be performing Winter’s Summer for Alto Saxophone and fixed media at the Root Signals Electronic Music Festival in Jacksonville, FL in September! Time to get the ol’ horn out again and start practicing.

Ping Recording

Ping is going to be recorded in August by the Alloy Saxophone Quartet in Seattle! Looking forward to hearing their recording soon.


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

Fall 2014

September 18
Winter's Summer; Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, Jacksonville, FL

October 23
Crossroads Fanfare; UMKC Wind Symphony, UMKC White Recital Hall, Kansas City, MO

January 28-31, MMEA
Colors; UMKC Saxophone Ensemble, Missouri Music Educators Association Conference