Adolphus Hailstork

  • Adolphus Hailstork received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed. He completed earlier studies at the Manhattan School of Music, under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, the American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and Howard University with Mark Fax.

    Dr. Hailstork has written in a variety of genres, producing works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra. His early compositions include Celebration, recorded by the Detroit Symphony in 1976; and two works for band (Out of the Depths, 1977, and American Guernica, 1983), both of which won national competitions. Consort Piece (1995), commissioned by the Norfolk Chamber Ensemble, was awarded first prize by the University of Delaware Festival of Contemporary Music.

    Dr. Hailstork’s works have been performed by such prestigious ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic, under the batons of leading conductors such as James DePreist, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel.

    1999 saw the premieres of Dr. Hailstork’s Second Symphony, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, as well as his second opera, Joshua’s Boots, commissioned by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Kansas City Lyric Opera. Dr. Hailstork’s second and third symphonies were recently recorded by the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, under David Lockington, on a Naxos label disc released in January 2007.

    Recent commissions include Earthrise, a new large scale choral work premiered by James Conlon and the 2006 Cincinnati May Festival, Three Studies on Chant Melodies for the American Guild of Organists 2006 National Convention, and Whitman’s Journey, a cantata for chorus and orchestra, premiered by the Master Chorale of Washington, D.C. (under Donald McCullough) at the Kennedy Center in April 2006. Rise for Freedom, an opera about the Underground Railroad, will be premiered in the fall of 2007 by the Cincinnati Opera Company. Other premieres slated for the spring of 2008 are Serenade for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by Michigan State University, and Set Me on a Rock, also for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by the Houston Choral Society.

    Dr. Hailstork, who has received honorary doctorates from Michigan State University and the College of William and Mary, resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and serves as Professor of Music and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Choral / Vocal
    312-41822 A Christmas Canticle
    (A Virgin Shall Conceive) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    3:00 SATB
    312-41862 A Good-Night
    For Mixed Chorus
    5:00 SATB
    312-41821 A Kwanzaa Litany
    (Let It Be So) – for Bass Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Percussion
    6:00 SATB
    312-41820 A Kwanzaa Litany (Let It Be So)
    For Bass Solo, Men’s Chorus, and Percussion
    6:00 Men’s Chorus
    312-41791 Arise, My Beloved
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    2:20 SATB
    17036 Break Forth
    for Chorus and Orchestra
    8:30 2 2 3(B.Cl.opt.) 2 – 0 3(Tpt.3 opt.) 3(Tbn. 3 opt.) 1(opt.); Timp. 2Perc. Org.(opt.) Str.
    312-41724 Break Forth
    7:00 SATB
    16970 Crispus Attucks
    American Patriot
    45:00 Mezzo-Sop. Ten. Bass-Bari. Large Chorus; 1(dbl. Picc.) 1 1(dbl. B.Cl.) 1 – 2 1 3 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    412-41087 Done Made My Vow
    A Ceremony
    45:00 Mixed Chorus
    17016 EarthRise
    (A Song of Healing)
    28:00 2 Choirs; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    412-41085 Earthrise
    2 SATB Choirs and Piano
    312-41646 Five Short Choral Works 3. Crucifixion
    He Never Said A Mumblin’ Word, Satb., A Cappella
    4:30 Mixed Chorus
    412-41082 Four Spirituals
    For 2 Sopranos, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra (Piano Reduction)
    12:00 SATB
    312-41763 Go Down, Moses
    For Solo Bass and S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    3:00 Mixed Chorus
    312-41867 Goin’ Home
    Mixed Chorus
    10580 I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    A Cantata for Solo Tenor, Chorus, and Orchestra
    18:00 Solo Ten., SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    412-41080 I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    A Cantata for Tenor Solo, Chorus and Accompaniment
    18:00 Chorus with Orchestra
    312-41723 I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    A Cantata for Tenor Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra
    18:00 Mixed Chorus
    312-41644 I Will Sing Of Life
    S.A.T.B., A Cappella
    6:30 SATB
    312-41793 I’ll Trust In The Lord and Do The Best I Can
    3:20
    312-41861 Into A Time
    2:00 SATB
    312-41850 Lead Gently, Lord
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    3:00 SSA
    312-41829 Little David, Play On Yo’ Harp
    For Treble Chorus, A Cappella
    2:30 Women’s Chorus
    312-41851 Little Lamb
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    3:00 SATB
    312-41870 Meditation
    “Think On These Things”
    4:30 SSAA
    312-41835 Missa Brevis for Treble Chorus
    SSAA
    312-41794 Motherless Child
    (arr.)
    7:30 SATB
    312-41645 Nocturne
    No.2 From Five Short Choral Works, S.A.T.B. A Cappella
    6:00 Mixed Chorus
    16971 Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground
    An Operatic Theaterpiece.
    35:00 Lyric Sop. Dramatic Sop. Ten. Bari.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp Perc. Str.
    312-41827 Ride On, King Jesus
    For Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.)
    2:00 Men’s Chorus
    17333 Serenade
    “To Hearts Which Near Each Other Move”
    25:00 SATB Chorus; 2 3(E.H.) 2 2 – 3 0 0 0; Cel. Hp. Str.
    312-41796 Seven Songs Of The Rubaiyat
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    1015 Mixed Chorus
    312-41758 Shout for Joy
    (The Bank Street Festival Anthem) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus and Organ
    12:00 SATB
    10025 Shout for Joy
    The Bank Street Festival Anthem
    12:00 SATB Chorus; 3Tpt. 3Tbn. Timp. Org.
    416-41313 Shout for Joy
    312-41866 Since I Lay My Burden Down
    Mixed Chorus
    312-41865 So Glad
    Mixed Chorus
    412-41083 Songs Of Innocence
    For Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Baitone Soloists, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra (Piano-Vocal Score)
    34:00 SATB
    17033 Songs of Innocence
    for Three Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra
    30:00 Sop. Mezzo-Sop. Bar. Soli, S.A.T.B. Chorus; 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(dbl.E.H. or Oboe d’amore) 0 – 0 0 0 0; Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    17034 Songs of Innocence
    for Three Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version)
    30:00 Sop. Mezzo-Sop. Bar. Soli, S.A.T.B. Chorus; 1Fl. (dbl. Picc., Alto Fl.); 1Perc. Hp. Str. (1.1.1.1.0)
    312-41647 The Cloths Of Heaven
    S.A.T.B., A Cappella
    3:00 SATB
    17391 The Gift of the Magi
    A “Choral Ballet” for Dancers, Chamber Orchestra and Children’s Chorus
    24:00 SSA Chorus; 2 2(dbl. E.H.) 1 – 0 0 0 0; Perc. Pno.(dbl.Cel.) Hp. Str.
    312-41648 The Lamb
    No. 5 From “”Five Short Choral Works
    5:30 SATB
    312-41825 They That Wait Upon The Lord
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    3:45 SATB
    312-41864 Until I Reach My Home
    Mixed Chorus
    111-40221 Ventriloquist Acts Of God
    Five Songs for Soprano On Poems Of Ellen Wise
    16:00 Voice with Piano
    312-41828 Wade In De Wahduh
    For Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.)
    2:45 Men’s Chorus
    312-41765 Wake Up, My Spirit
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus and Piano
    3:40 SATB
    312-41849 When Storms Arise
    From “Three Dunbar Hymns”
    3:00 SATB
    17301 Whitman’s Journey
    57:00 Solo Bar.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    111-40223 Who Is Sylvia?
    For Coloratura Soprano, Violin, and Piano
    7:00 Voice with Instrument
    Solo
    110-40752 2 Scherzos
    10:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    114-41179 Bassoon Set
    For Solo Bassoon
    5:00 Bassoon Unaccompanied
    490-01054 Eight Variations On “Shalom Chaverim”
    8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    490-01055 Five Friends
    Suite for Piano
    8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    114-41180 Flute Set
    For Solo Flute
    5:00
    114-41657 Four Preludes
    For Harp
    1030 Harp
    490-01151 Ignis Fatuus
    (Mysterious Fires)
    8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    410-41333 Piano Sonata No. 2
    Piano Unaccompanied
    410-41334 Piano Sonata No. 3
    13:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    114-41580 The Surprising Thing Is
    Caprice for Violin Solo
    15:00 Violin Unaccompanied
    114-41579 Theme and Variations on “Draw the Sacred Circle Closer”
    1030 Cello Unaccompanied
    114-41181 Three Smiles for Tracey
    For Solo Clarinet
    4:00 Clarinet Unaccompanied
    110-40751 Trio Sonata
    For Solo Piano
    9:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    113-40044 Two Studies On Chant Melodies
    For Organ
    10:00 Organ
    114-41202 Variations
    For Trumpet
    4:00
    Chamber Ensemble
    114-41858 A La Mozart
    7:00 2 Violins
    114-41234 A Simple Caprice
    (Variants on a theme of Langston Hughes)
    13:00 Clarinet, Piano
    416-41276 American Fanfare
    114-41228 American Landscape
    String Duet
    114-41370 Armageddon
    Sonata for Organ and Percussion
    20:00 Percussion Ensemble
    114-41170 As Falling Leaves
    22:00 Mixed Trio
    114-41217 Baroque Suite
    Violin with Piano
    114-41100 Consort Piece
    For Mixed Septet
    8:40
    114-41201 Divertimento
    For Violin and Viola
    6:00 String Duet
    114-41596 Evensong
    (A Suite of Nocturnes)
    20:00 String Duet
    17006 Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    for Brass Quintet, Timpani and Organ
    3:20 2Tpt. Hn. Trb. Tu.; Timp. Org.
    114-41583 Fantasy Piece
    For Viola and Piano
    13:00 Viola with Piano
    110-41780 Guest Suite
    For Piano Duet
    1pno, 4hands
    114-41445 John Henry’s Big
    (Man Vs. Machine)
    12:00 Trombone with Piano
    114-41203 Little Diversions for Lord Byr
    Violin Duet
    114-41557 Little Diversions for Lord Byron’s Court
    8:30 String Duet
    114-41326 Sanctum
    Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano
    13:00 Clarinet with Piano
    114-41099 Sanctum
    Rhapsody for Viola and Piano
    Viola with Piano
    114-41090 Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
    21:00 Trumpet with Piano
    110-41779 Sonata for Two Pianos
    12:00 2 pianos
    114-41656 Springtime For Elephants
    For Two Tubas
    3:25 2 Tubas
    114-41329 String Quartet No. 1
    For 2 Violins, Viola, and Violoncello
    17:00 String Quartet
    114-41582 The Blue Bag
    6:00 Clarinet with Piano
    114-41762 Three Meditations
    For Viola And Organ
    14:00 Mixed Duet
    114-41532 Three Spirituals
    For String Trio(arr.)
    9:00 String Trio
    114-41661 Two By Two
    For Horn And Trombone
    2:00 Brass Duet
    10157 Two Romances
    for Viola and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version)
    10:00 Solo Vla.; Fl. Hp. Str. (1 1 1 1 0)
    114-41575 Variations On “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
    String Quartet No. 2
    15:00 String Quartet
    114-41581 Variations On A Guyanese Folksong
    5:30 Violin with Piano
    Orchestra
    10579 American Fanfare
    4:30 3Tpt. 4Hn. 3Tbn. Tu. 3Perc. Timp.
    17423 An American Port of Call
    10:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3(B.Tbn.) 2 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    10107 Baroque Suite
    for String Orchestra (with optional Harpsichord)
    12:00 Str.
    17005 Church Street Serenade
    for String Orchestra
    6:20 Str.
    416-41398 Done Made My Vow
    A Ceremony
    45:00 Orchestra
    10144 Essay for Strings
    8:00 Str.
    17085 Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    for Orchestra
    3:20 2 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    23480 Hercules
    for Orchestra
    14:00 3(Picc.) 3(dbl. E.H.) 3(dbl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    416-41508 Intrada
    For Orchestra
    1:25 Orchestra
    10147 Intrada
    for Symphony Orchestra
    1:25 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    10037 Lachrymosa: 1919
    12:00 2Cl. 2Bsn. Str.
    23556 Symphony No. 2
    35:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 2 3(3 dbl. Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    17017 Symphony No. 3
    4045 3(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    17007 Three Spirituals
    for Orchestra
    8:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    17382 Done Made My Vow
    for Narrator, Soloists, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
    45:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 5Perc. Cel. Str.
    10134 Four Spirituals
    for Two Sopranos, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
    12:00 1. Prelude/Great Day
    2. In Dat Great Gittin Up Morning
    3. Certny Lord
    4. He’ s Got the Whole World in His Hands
    2Sop. Soli, SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    10158 Sonata
    for Trumpet (or Clarinet) and String Orchestra
    21:00 Solo Tpt. (or Cl.); Str.
    23548 The Bones of Mr. Fortune
    for Solo Flute and Orchestral Winds
    11:00 Solo Fl.; 3(Picc.) 2 3 2 – 4 3 3 1; 4Perc.
    10156 Two Romances
    for Viola and Chamber Orchestra
    10:00 Solo Vla.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Hp. Str.
    114-41594 Violin Concerto
    25:00 Viola with Piano
    16940 Violin Concerto
    25:00 Solo Violin; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    416-41476 Violin Concerto
    25:00 Orchestra
    Opera
    17302 Joshua’s Boots
    An Opera in one Act
    55:00 Fl.(dbl. Picc.) Cl. Vln. Vcl. Pno. Perc. (opt. on stage instr: Vln. Pno.) Perc: Bass Drum, Cowbell, Glockenspiel, Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Tam-Tam, 2Tom-Toms, Whip, Woodblock

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