Composition News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Morten Lauridsen to receive honorary degree from Muhlenberg College

April 18, 2018

This spring, composer, USC Thornton faculty member, and National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen will receive an honorary doctorate from Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College. He has previously earned honorary degrees from Whitman College, Oklahoma State University, Westminster Choir College, and King’s College at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. At the May 18th ceremony in Allentown, […]


Ted Hearne a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music

April 17, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music. His politically-charged album, Sound from the Bench (Cantaloupe Music), was recorded with the Philadelphia-based Crossing Choir and explores subjects including the Iraq War, white privilege, and the Supreme Court’s “Citizen’s United” decision. In a review […]


Ted Hearne brings “Katrina Ballads” to Australia

April 11, 2018

The Australian publication Broadsheet recently profiled Katrina Ballads by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne, ahead of the work’s performance debut as part of the 2018 Perth Festival. Hearne’s series of ballads explores the social and physical destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, primarily in the aftermath of government inaction that contributed to a […]


Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra hosts competition for new works

March 23, 2018

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, which was founded by clarinetist and USC Thornton alumnus Benjamin Mitchell (GCRT ’17, arts leadership), has announced a competition for instrumental and vocal works to be performed during the ensemble’s 2018-19 season. The orchestra has emerged as a powerhouse for new music in Los Angeles, premiering works by 18 composers in […]


Veronika Krausas receives Opera America grant

March 20, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Veronika Krausas was recently awarded an Opera America Discovery Grant for her Ghost Opera project. Eight female composers received grants of up to $15,000 to help advance and promote their works-in-development. Previous recipients include faculty member Laura Karpman and DMA candidate Julia Adolphe (MM ’12). Krausas’ Ghost Opera is […]


Andrew Norman’s “A Trip to the Moon” proves popular with L.A. Phil audiences

March 13, 2018

A Trip to the Moon, the new children’s opera by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Andrew Norman (’02, MM ’04), was warmly reviewed in the Los Angeles Times following its U.S premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on March 2nd at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Times described the opera, which has seen significant […]


WQXR calls on Julia Adolphe for International Women’s Day inspiration

March 8, 2018

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8th), New York’s WQXR asked eleven composers about the most influential women in their professional lives. At the top of the list is USC Thornton doctoral candidate Julia Adolphe (MM ’12), who spoke about the influence of composers Sofia Gubaidulina and Paola Prestini, as well as her mother, […]


Frank Ticheli warmly reviewed by the New York Classical Review

March 5, 2018

The East Coast premiere of composer and USC Thornton faculty member Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 3 “The Shore” was warmly reviewed by the New York Classical Review following a February performance at Carnegie Hall by the New York Choral Society. The review drew stylistic similarities with Debussy and Ravel, while lauding the symphony for its […]


This Sunday, join in a 75th birthday celebration of Morten Lauridsen

March 2, 2018

Composer, USC Thornton faculty member, and National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen will celebrate his 75th birthday with a special concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Glendale on Sunday, March 4th. The celebration will feature the Donald Brinegar Singers in a performance of Lauriden’s beloved Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, and The Nocturnes, […]


Kevin Hartnett choral work featured by Swiss ensemble

February 26, 2018

The Zurich Chamber Singers recently performed “De Profundis” by USC Thornton Composition alumnus Kevin Hartnett (BM ’13), in several performances throughout Switzerland. The work was commissioned by the ensemble and premiered in 2016 and was also recorded as part of their debut album, to be released by ARS Produktion in 2018. Hartnett currently serves as […]


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