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 A Christmas Canticle(A Virgin Shall Conceive) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 3:00 SATB A Good-NightFor Mixed Chorus 5:00 SATB A Kwanzaa Litany(Let It Be So) – for Bass Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Percussion 6:00 SATB A Kwanzaa Litany (Let It Be So)For Bass Solo, Men’s Chorus, and Percussion 6:00 Men’s Chorus Arise, My BelovedFor S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 2:20 SATB Break Forthfor 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. Break Forth 7:00 SATB Crispus AttucksAmerican 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. Done Made My VowA Ceremony 45:00 Mixed Chorus 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. Earthrise 2 SATB Choirs and Piano Five Short Choral Works 3. CrucifixionHe Never Said A Mumblin’ Word, Satb., A Cappella 4:30 Mixed Chorus Four SpiritualsFor 2 Sopranos, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra (Piano Reduction) 12:00 SATB Go Down, MosesFor Solo Bass and S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 3:00 Mixed Chorus Goin’ Home Mixed Chorus I Will Lift Up Mine EyesA Cantata for Solo Tenor, Chorus, and Orchestra 18:00 Solo Ten., SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str. I Will Lift Up Mine EyesA Cantata for Tenor Solo, Chorus and Accompaniment 18:00 Chorus with Orchestra I Will Lift Up Mine EyesA Cantata for Tenor Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra 18:00 Mixed Chorus I Will Sing Of LifeS.A.T.B., A Cappella 6:30 SATB I’ll Trust In The Lord and Do The Best I Can 3:20 Into A Time 2:00 SATB Lead Gently, LordFrom “Three Dunbar Hymns” 3:00 SSA Little David, Play On Yo’ HarpFor Treble Chorus, A Cappella 2:30 Women’s Chorus Little LambFrom “Three Dunbar Hymns” 3:00 SATB Meditation“Think On These Things” 4:30 SSAA Missa Brevis for Treble Chorus SSAA Motherless Child(arr.) 7:30 SATB NocturneNo.2 From Five Short Choral Works, S.A.T.B. A Cappella 6:00 Mixed Chorus Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common GroundAn Operatic Theaterpiece. 35:00 Lyric Sop. Dramatic Sop. Ten. Bari.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp Perc. Str. Ride On, King JesusFor Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.) 2:00 Men’s Chorus 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. Seven Songs Of The RubaiyatFor S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 1015 Mixed Chorus Shout for Joy(The Bank Street Festival Anthem) – for S.A.T.B. Chorus and Organ 12:00 SATB Shout for JoyThe Bank Street Festival Anthem 12:00 SATB Chorus; 3Tpt. 3Tbn. Timp. Org. Shout for Joy Since I Lay My Burden Down Mixed Chorus So Glad Mixed Chorus Songs Of InnocenceFor Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Baitone Soloists, S.A.T.B. Chorus, and Orchestra (Piano-Vocal Score) 34:00 SATB Songs of Innocencefor 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. Songs of Innocencefor 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. (188.8.131.52.0) The Cloths Of HeavenS.A.T.B., A Cappella 3:00 SATB The Gift of the MagiA “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. The LambNo. 5 From “”Five Short Choral Works 5:30 SATB They That Wait Upon The LordFor S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 3:45 SATB Until I Reach My Home Mixed Chorus Ventriloquist Acts Of GodFive Songs for Soprano On Poems Of Ellen Wise 16:00 Voice with Piano Wade In De WahduhFor Men’s Chorus, A Cappella(arr.) 2:45 Men’s Chorus Wake Up, My SpiritFor S.A.T.B. Chorus and Piano 3:40 SATB When Storms AriseFrom “Three Dunbar Hymns” 3:00 SATB Whitman’s Journey 57:00 Solo Bar.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str. Who Is Sylvia?For Coloratura Soprano, Violin, and Piano 7:00 Voice with Instrument Solo 2 Scherzos 10:00 Piano Unaccompanied Bassoon SetFor Solo Bassoon 5:00 Bassoon Unaccompanied Eight Variations On “Shalom Chaverim” 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied Five FriendsSuite for Piano 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied Flute SetFor Solo Flute 5:00 Four PreludesFor Harp 1030 Harp Ignis Fatuus(Mysterious Fires) 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied Piano Sonata No. 2 Piano Unaccompanied Piano Sonata No. 3 13:00 Piano Unaccompanied The Surprising Thing IsCaprice for Violin Solo 15:00 Violin Unaccompanied Theme and Variations on “Draw the Sacred Circle Closer” 1030 Cello Unaccompanied Three Smiles for TraceyFor Solo Clarinet 4:00 Clarinet Unaccompanied Trio SonataFor Solo Piano 9:00 Piano Unaccompanied Two Studies On Chant MelodiesFor Organ 10:00 Organ VariationsFor Trumpet 4:00 Chamber Ensemble A La Mozart 7:00 2 Violins A Simple Caprice(Variants on a theme of Langston Hughes) 13:00 Clarinet, Piano American Fanfare American Landscape String Duet ArmageddonSonata for Organ and Percussion 20:00 Percussion Ensemble As Falling Leaves 22:00 Mixed Trio Baroque Suite Violin with Piano Consort PieceFor Mixed Septet 8:40 DivertimentoFor Violin and Viola 6:00 String Duet Evensong(A Suite of Nocturnes) 20:00 String Duet Fanfare on Amazing Gracefor Brass Quintet, Timpani and Organ 3:20 2Tpt. Hn. Trb. Tu.; Timp. Org. Fantasy PieceFor Viola and Piano 13:00 Viola with Piano Guest SuiteFor Piano Duet 1pno, 4hands John Henry’s Big(Man Vs. Machine) 12:00 Trombone with Piano Little Diversions for Lord Byr Violin Duet Little Diversions for Lord Byron’s Court 8:30 String Duet SanctumRhapsody for Clarinet and Piano 13:00 Clarinet with Piano SanctumRhapsody for Viola and Piano Viola with Piano Sonata for Trumpet and Piano 21:00 Trumpet with Piano Sonata for Two Pianos 12:00 2 pianos Springtime For ElephantsFor Two Tubas 3:25 2 Tubas String Quartet No. 1For 2 Violins, Viola, and Violoncello 17:00 String Quartet The Blue Bag 6:00 Clarinet with Piano Three MeditationsFor Viola And Organ 14:00 Mixed Duet Three SpiritualsFor String Trio(arr.) 9:00 String Trio Two By TwoFor Horn And Trombone 2:00 Brass Duet Two Romancesfor Viola and Orchestra (Chamber Ensemble Version) 10:00 Solo Vla.; Fl. Hp. Str. (1 1 1 1 0) Variations On “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”String Quartet No. 2 15:00 String Quartet Variations On A Guyanese Folksong 5:30 Violin with Piano Orchestra American Fanfare 4:30 3Tpt. 4Hn. 3Tbn. Tu. 3Perc. Timp. An American Port of Call 10:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3(B.Tbn.) 2 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str. Baroque Suitefor String Orchestra (with optional Harpsichord) 12:00 Str. Church Street Serenadefor String Orchestra 6:20 Str. Done Made My VowA Ceremony 45:00 Orchestra Essay for Strings 8:00 Str. Fanfare on Amazing Gracefor Orchestra 3:20 2 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str. Herculesfor Orchestra 14:00 3(Picc.) 3(dbl. E.H.) 3(dbl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str. IntradaFor Orchestra 1:25 Orchestra Intradafor Symphony Orchestra 1:25 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str. Lachrymosa: 1919 12:00 2Cl. 2Bsn. Str. 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. Symphony No. 3 4045 3(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str. Three Spiritualsfor Orchestra 8:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str. Orchestra with Soloist(s) Done Made My Vowfor Narrator, Soloists, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra 45:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 5Perc. Cel. Str. Four Spiritualsfor 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.
Sonatafor Trumpet (or Clarinet) and String Orchestra 21:00 Solo Tpt. (or Cl.); Str. The Bones of Mr. Fortunefor Solo Flute and Orchestral Winds 11:00 Solo Fl.; 3(Picc.) 2 3 2 – 4 3 3 1; 4Perc. Two Romancesfor Viola and Chamber Orchestra 10:00 Solo Vla.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Hp. Str. Violin Concerto 25:00 Viola with Piano Violin Concerto 25:00 Solo Violin; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str. Violin Concerto 25:00 Orchestra Opera Joshua’s BootsAn 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