Ted King-Smith (b.1988) is a composer, educator, performer, and concert organizer currently based in Kansas City, Missouri. As a composer he explores the role that music and sound have in a variety of settings including concert music, multimedia, collaborations, street performance, and sonification. His works often utilize electronics and unconventional performer techniques to blur the line between noise and pitch. His musical style blends virtuosity, improvisation, electronics, and stylistic influences from the Electroacoustic, Minimalism, Jazz, and Indeterminacy traditions. His work as a performer and improviser with the Mnemosyne Quartet also informs his compositions as an outlet for experimentation. Recent recognition for Ted’s 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, the five-member consortium commission Breaking Point for Saxophone Quartet, several commissioned works for instruments and electronics, and acoustic works for winds 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 board member of the newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and founded the Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival with newEar in 2017.

Outside of music Ted enjoys life with his fiance Brittany and their two cats Bella and Oliver; as well as hiking, biking, and photography.

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