Kile Smith

Jacqueline Smith

Philadelphia composer Kile Smith's many works have been earning him increasing accolades, with recordings and performances around the country and in other parts of the world in the past few years. He's sharing a new virtual piece for choirs during these difficult times, has discovered a love for working outside, and has recently stepped up his game in another form of artistic expression: photography.  

October 26, 2020. Guitar quartets, cello, and voices come together in a new album exploring the experiences of pioneering and Native American women. The GRAMMY-winning vocal ensemble Conspirare's recording, The Singing Guitar, includes The Dawn’s Early Light, by Huntingdon Valley composer Kile Smith. He talks with us about the album, his piece, and the fascinating story behind the new rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" within it. 

Congratulations to composer Kile Smith and The Crossing! The Philadelphia-based choir's 2019 recording of Kile's The Arc in the Sky is up for a 2020 GRAMMY award for Best Choral Performance. Kile and Donald Nally, conductor of The Crossing, visited WRTI soon after the album's release in July of 2019 to share insights about this artistic collaboration.

Kevin Vondriak

Hailed as "ardently angelic" by The Los Angeles Times, and "champions of new music" by The New York Times, the 2018 Grammy-winning choir The Crossing is at the forefront of the choral community.

The Acceptance of Samuel Barber

Feb 12, 2017
Van Vechten Collection at Library of Congress/Wikipedia Commons

He was awarded, and accepted, and acquainted with success. Samuel Barber had so much success that it might be more proper to say that he endured, rather than enjoyed it. Donal Henahan wrote in his New York Times obituary of the composer, “Samuel Barber was hounded by success. Probably no other American composer has ever enjoyed such early, such persistent and such long-lasting acclaim.”

Join us this Sunday, August 28th from 4 to 6 pm to hear The Crossing perform Jeff Quartets: a concert-length set of 15 new works for four voices. Recorded in a session on the eve of their world-premiere concert performance, these poignant new works were commissioned to honor the legacy of The Crossing’s co-founder, Jeffrey Dinsmore, who died tragically at the age of 42 in April, 2014.

WRTI Arts Desk Reporters Honored

May 22, 2016

WRTI reporters traveled to The Hotel Hershey on May 16th to accept the 2016 Judges Merit Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. Congratulations to Susan Lewis (arts reporter), Meridee Duddleston (arts reporter), Kile Smith (arts reporter), and Eric Brannon (audio engineer) for their work on the following Arts Desk radio features that captured the winning votes from the judges. Check them out!

Sharon Torello

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, founded in 1874, is a largely volunteer chorus of about 140 members.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, its new artistic director taps into the joy of singing to celebrate the past, present, and future of choral music.


Changes in the Afternoon on WRTI

Apr 17, 2016

We have some big news to share! Kile Smith has been promoted to Director of Content, a new key position at WRTI. And after a nationwide search, Kevin Gordon has been selected as our new Afternoon Drive (2 to 6 pm) Classical Host starting on April 25th.

On Easter Sunday from 4 to 6 pm, join us to hear The Crossing in Concert, recorded live on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2016 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Conductor Donald Nally is your host.

Philadelphia's professional choir dedicated to new music, The Crossing enters its second decade with "The Crossing@10: Respond/Reprise/Renew." This concert, "Reprise 2," features works about our love for one another, love for our planet, and our wish for a more loving culture.

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