Composition News from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Frank Ticheli Festival to be held in Westminster, UK

June 24, 2014

Composition faculty Frank Ticheli will participate in this week’s Frank Ticheli Festival, taking place Thursday, June 26 in Westminster, England. Ticheli will conduct a combined band and choir in the festival finale, which will feature some of his favorite pieces for band and for choir.  The individual choirs, Los Gatos High School and London Sings, will sing […]


Composition students honored with BMI Student Composer Awards

June 16, 2014

USC Thornton Composition students Saad Nadim Haddad and Daniel Temkin are two of eight young classical composers named winners of the 62nd Annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Haddad, an undergraduate student, won for Mai, a work for string quartet and electronics; Temkin was honored for From Distant Dreams, a work for orchestra. Winners are selected for their superior musical compositional ability, […]


Work by DMA student premiered by New York Philharmonic

June 12, 2014

DMA student Julia Adolphe’s “Dark Sand, Sifting Light” was performed at the New York Philharmonic as a part of the NY Phil Biennial. The New York Times called the piece “colorful, mercurial, [and] deftly orchestrated.” USC Distinguished Professor, Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin, Midori Goto, also performed as a soloist during the concert.


USC Thornton alumni to star in opera by Composition student Georgi Dimitrov

May 15, 2014

Composition student Georgi Dimitrov‘s chamber opera, Maximus, will be performed at Monk Space in Los Angeles on May 21 at 8:00 p.m.  The cast features many USC Thornton alumni, including clarinetist Eric Jacobs and singer James Hayden. The one act opera involves a parking ticket that, despite being generated in error, comes back to destroy the life […]


Morten Lauridsen to be featured guest at Valley Concert Chorale anniversary celebrations

May 14, 2014

USC Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen will serve as the guest of honor at this weekend’s “Morten Lauridsen Festival” in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event is being held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Valley Concert Chorale. During the festival, Lauridsen will host workshops for local high school and college […]


Andrew Norman’s “Release” reviewed by Los Angeles Times

May 5, 2014

Composition faculty and USC Thornton alumnus Andrew Norman was praised by the Los Angeles Times for his composition “Release,” which premiered at the Walt Disney Concert Hall May 1. Reviewer Mark Swed called the work “wonderfully fresh,” and noted that the piece’s “climaxes rose and fell like the deep breaths of Zen monks meditating in […]


Frank Ticheli named Composer-In-Residence at the Hartt School, University of Hartford

April 28, 2014

From April 29 through May 4, Composition faculty Frank Ticheli will hold residency at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. Thirteen of his works will be performed by various Hartt School ensembles and community groups, including the orchestra, wind ensemble and symphonic band. Ticheli will also hold a masterclass for students involved in the school’s Young Composer […]


Andrew Norman to premiere new work with Los Angeles Philharmonic

April 28, 2014

Alumnus and Composition faculty Andrew Norman will premiere his latest piece, “Release,” with Emanuel Ax and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on May 1 and 3. The piece will be performed at the LA Phil’s “Ax Brahms Project: Ax & Dudamel” program at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lucinda Carver, vice dean of the Classical Performance & […]


USC Thornton alumni receive ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

April 18, 2014

Alumni Eric Guinivan and Sarah Rimkus were recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The program provides recognition and cash awards to talented young composers in the concert music field.  The recipients will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May […]


Bear McCreary, Calder Quartet profiled by LA Times

March 21, 2014

USC Thornton alumnus Bear McCreary and the Calder Quartet — comprised of alumni Benjamin Jacobson, Andrew Bulbrook, Jonathan Moerschel and Eric Byers — were interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for a feature on McCreary’s work as the composer for the Starz series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” McCreary and the members of the Calder Quartet met while freshmen at USC […]


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