Adolphus Hailstork

Three Spirituals for Orchestra

            Hailstork is an American composer, educated at Howard University, the Manhattan School, and Michigan State University, where he received his PhD.  He has taught at various American universities, and is currently a member of the faculty of Old Dominion University in Virginia.  His reputation for technical prowess, directness of expression, and stylistic accessibility for a variety of audiences has garnered him widespread recognition and awards. He has been designated as a Cultural Laureate of Virginia. While often employing distinctly contemporary compositional techniques, he is equally comfortable writing music leaning to conservative, even popular tastes.