About Ted

Ted King-Smith (b.1988) is a composer, educator, and saxophonist currently based in Kansas City, Missouri. Interested in the intersection of acoustic and electronic forces in music, his compositions synthesize several different influences, musical and otherwise, into engaging works that emphasize variety, 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. He has been awarded grants from the Kansas City Downtown Council for the Arts and the KCAI and UMKC ArtSounds program; and is currently a Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident. Notable performers include many University Wind Ensembles, saxophone quartets and saxophone ensembles, and individual performers around the country. His music has been performed across the United States and Canada including Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, Late Night at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY, on WFMT and WKCR, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), the Florida State University New Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, and several academic conferences. Recent projects and commissions include the 15-member consortium commission Between Glimpses of Blue for wind ensemble and fixed media, Steps to Balance 1-5 with animator Molly Garrett, the collaborative multimedia performance Celestial Metamorphosis, several commissioned works for instruments and electronics, as well as acoustic works for saxophone, wind ensemble, and other chamber groups.

Hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York, it was here that Ted began his love of music with the saxophone at age 8. He graduated from the Hartt School of Music in 2010 with a BM in music education, and studied saxophone with Carrie Koffman and composition with Stephen Gryc and Larry Alan Smith. He then moved west to study composition at Washington State University, where he graduated with an MA in 2012. His composition teachers at WSU included Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn, Ryan Hare, and Scott Blasco; as well as saxophone with Greg Yasinitsky. Ted graduated in May 2017 from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a DMA in Music Composition where his composition teachers include Chen Yi, James Mobberley, and Paul Rudy.

As an educator, Ted has taught music in every level of musical education ranging from pre-k to university. He is currently adjunct faculty at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College where he teaches courses in audio, music technology, and multimedia. He has also held teaching assistantships at WSU and UMKC. Ted is also active in the Kansas City new music community as a founding member of the Mnemosyne (nem-o-zine) Quartet; as a board member of the NewEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA), and as the organizer of the Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival.

Outside of music Ted enjoys spending time with his fiance Brittany and their two cats Bella and Oliver, as well as hiking, biking, photography, and an excellent craft brew.