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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

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.


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

October 23
Crossroads Fanfare
UMKC Wind Symphony, Steven Davis conducting
White Recital Hall, UMKC Volker campus
Kansas City, MO

October 24
Winter's Summer
New Horizons Music Festival, Truman State University
Kirksville, MO

November 7
Crossroads Fanfare
UMKC Wind Symphony, Steven Davis conducting
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kansas City, MO

January 28-31, FSU New Music Festival
Winter's Summer
Performer TBA
Florida State University New Music Festival
Tallahassee, FL