Adolphus C. Hailstork

A native of Rochester, New York, Adolphus C. Hailstork is a prolific composer of instrumental and vocal music and has held several positions at prominent instututions of higher learning.

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Adolphus Hailstork received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed. He had previously studied at the Manhattan School of Music, under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, at the American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and at Howard University with Mark Fax. Dr. Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra. His works for solo voice include the cycles: Summer. Life. Song., Three Spirit Songs, Ventriloquist Acts of God, Songs of Love and Justice, and Four Romantic Love Songs. Additionally, prominent solo roles are included in large choral works such as I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, Done Made My Vow, and Crispus Attucks. His operas include Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground, Joshua’s Boots: An Opera for Young People, and We Rise for Freedom: The John Parker Story.

​—African American Art Song Alliance 2017 Conference program booklet

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Sence You Went Away

(H. Leslie Adams and Adolphus C. Hailstork)



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Second Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers

Composer(s): Leslie Adams, Adolphus Hailstork, John Rosamond Johnson, Hall Johnson, Betty Jackson King, Howard Swanson, John W. Work III

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