Recent News

New Electronic Miniatures

I’ve been working on some short electronic pieces over the past few months! Here are two of them:

Waves in B


Airplane Etude (Featured on I Care If You Listen’s Summer 2016 Mixtape)

Two new works for band, a finished degree, collaboration, and more!

A lot of exciting developments since August! Heres an overview:

Between Glimpses of Blue was finished in early November for a 15-member consortium! Performances for this work in Kansas City and Pullman, Washington are scheduled for April and others will follow in the fall. Recordings of these performances will be uploaded soon!

I also wrote a new fanfare for band, Blue River Breakdown. It is an exciting grade 4 piece, perfect for high school or young college groups. The piece is dedicated to Steven Davis and Joseph Parisi for their support of new music by UMKC composers and others. Performances of that piece are tentatively being scheduled this spring, with more to come in the summer and fall as well!

Mnemosyne performed new works as part of the Art in the Loop summer art series, Charlotte Street’s Illumnaphonic festival; and will be performing on the road at Indiana University South Bend and in Detroit, Michigan!

I successfully defended my dissertation (which was Between Glimpses of Blue) this past week and will be graduating from UMKC in May!

I’ve been writing in the studio generously given to me through Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency. In addition I’ve also written some blog posts (with more to come!) and an upcoming collaboration with animator Molly Garrett!

Other upcoming performances this spring include Winter’s Summer in Pullman, Washington, the premiere of Life and Death on a Spinning Disk in Kansas City, and a performance with the NewEar Ensemble on May 5!

Thailand, Charlotte Street Residency, Mixtape, and a New Commission!

This summer has flown by, literally, as I recently returned from an around-the-world trip to Thailand for the Thailand International Composition Festival! TICF was an inspiring week of concerts, lectures, and discussion with composers and performers from around the world.

Starting in September I will also be a resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency program here in Kansas City!

An excerpt from the Celestial Metamorphosis show was chosen to be on the I Care If You Listen summer mixtape and is available for download for free! This excerpt, titled Airplane Etude, isn’t available anywhere else at the moment so feel free to give it a listen.

Lastly,  I’ve been hard at work on a new piece for wind ensemble and electronics. This piece has been commissioned by Danh Pham and the WSU Wind Ensemble and a consortium of 13 university and high school bands from around the US, and will be finished in the fall! I am incredibly excited to be working with so many ensembles and directors for this piece, and am looking forward to sharing it here in the near future.

Post-Celestial Metamorphosis, and more Spring performances

Celestial Metamorphosis was a huge success, thank you to those who came to see it! I’m working on the recording of the performance now and hope to have it available soon along with the video by Cody and pictures from the performance on the blog linked above. In the meantime, the first two movements are attached below. There are several upcoming performances of my music in Texas for the 2016 NASA conference (for saxophone), Colorado for two conferences, and this summer in New York City again for the NYCEMF!!


About Ted

Ted King-Smith is a composer, educator, and saxophonist currently based in Kansas City, Missouri. His music synthesizes several different influences into engaging works that emphasize virtuosity and improvisation. Recent recognition for his music has come from I Care if You Listen, BMI, the American Prize and the Washington-Idaho Symphony. Ted’s music has been featured at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in Kansas City, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Florida State University Festival of New Music, and a number of conferences and festivals. He holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music, Washington State University, and will graduate with a DMA in Music Composition from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in May 2017. Currently Ted is an adjunct faculty member at Kansas City Kansas Community College where he teaches courses in music technology and multimedia. He is also active as a performer with the Mnemosyne Quartet, and as a new music advocate with the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA) and NewEar Contemporary Chamber ensemble.
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Upcoming Performances

Spring 2017

March 3, 2017 - Winter's Summer
Duke Sullivan, Alto Saxophone
SCI Region VIII Conference
Pullman, Washington

March 8, 2017 - Life and Death on a Spinning Disk
Gavin Carney, Trombone
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri

March 12, 2017
Mnemosyne Quartet at Prospero's Bookstore
Kansas City, Missouri

March 18-21, 2017
Mnemosyne Quartet Tour
South Bend, Indiana; Detroit, Michigan

April 17, 2017 - Life and Death on a Spinning Disk
Gavin Carney, Trombone
Kansas City, Missouri

April 19, 2017 - Between Glimpses of Blue (Premiere)
UMKC Wind Ensemble, Joseph Parisi Conducting
University of Missouri - Kansas City
White Hall
Kansas City, Missouri

April 28, 2017 - Mnemosyne Quartet at Open Studios
Charlotte Street Foundation
Kansas City, Missouri

May 5, 2017 - Soundtrack of an Open Road
newEar Contemporary Music Ensemble
Kansas City, Missouri

May 19, 2017 - Between Glimpses of Blue (West Coast Premiere)
Seattle Pacific University Wind Ensemble, Daniel Helseth Conducting
Seattle Pacific University
White Hall
Seattle, Washington