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London Philharmonic Choir to perform Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”

February 12, 2018

On Monday, February 12th, the London Philharmonic Choir will perform “O Magnum Mysterium” by USC Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen (’66, MA’68, DMA’74) in a special concert at London’s Buckingham Palace. The concert, honoring Princess Alexandra, will feature performances by several ensembles to raise funds for families whose lives are affected by dementia. The Los […]


A Two-Night Stand at Carnegie Hall

February 5, 2018

USC Thornton Composition professor Frank Ticheli’s music will be performed not once, but twice, this month at Carnegie Hall in New York City. On Feb. 11, the New York Choral Society and Orchestra will present the East Coast premiere of Ticheli’s piece, The Shore (Symphony No. 3), featuring text by USC faculty member David St. […]


Patrick O’Malley wins Sioux City’s Composer of the Year Award

January 31, 2018

Patrick O’Malley (MM ’15), a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Composition program, was recently selected as the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra’s Composer of the Year for 2018. He earned the title with Loneliness in a Beautiful Place, a string work that also won the 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. O’Malley will travel […]


Veronika Krausas pens article for Association of Canadian Women Composers

December 18, 2017

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Veronika Krausas contributed an article to the Fall/Winter 2017 journal of the Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC), chronicling her September collaboration with artist Ana Prvacki and architecture firm SO-IL for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The team’s performance piece, L’air pour l’air, was staged at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory […]


Alumnus Michael Abels earns praise for “Get Out” Soundtrack

December 14, 2017

Composer and USC Thornton alumnus Michael Abels (’84, Composition) is the subject of a recent Los Angeles Times profile for his scoring work for Jordan Peele’s hit 2017 thriller, Get Out. Peele discovered the composer, who is best known for his gospel and orchestral compositions, through a Youtube clip of Abel’s Urban Legends concerto for […]


Works by Composition alumni performed by Minnesota Orchestra

December 13, 2017

Last month, the Minnesota Orchestra performed works by two USC Thornton Composition alumni under the baton of Osmo Vänskä. Saad Haddad (BM ’14) and Peter Shin (MM ’17) were both participants in the 2017-18 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, a five day workshop featuring rehearsals and seminars, culminating in a public performance. The orchestra performed Haddad’s […]


Nicholas Davies and Seth Johnson win at Pasadena Showcase House competition

December 11, 2017

Two USC Thornton students have earned top prizes at the 32nd annual Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) Instrumental Competition, which took place Nov. 11th, 2017. Trumpet player and master’s student Seth Johnson took first prize in the Brass category. Johnson won a sub-section trumpet Position with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Symphony last year. […]


Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” featured in advent calendar

December 7, 2017

O Magnum Mysterium, a beloved choral work by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen (’66, MA’68, DMA’74), has been selected as one of 24 works featured in the ORA ensemble’s digital advent calendar. The Los Angeles Master Chorale commissioned Lauridsen’s piece in 1994, which helped to launch the acclaimed composer’s international career. ORA […]


Julia Adolphe is Musical America’s New Artist of the Month

December 1, 2017

Composer Julia Adolphe (MM ’12, composition), a USC Thornton doctoral candidate, is Musical America’s New Artist of the Month for December. In a profile on the organization’s website, Adolphe cited the gender diversity of Thornton’s Composition program as one of the reasons she chose to study at USC. “I didn’t see that anywhere else,” she […]


“Godless” scored by Composition alumnus Carlos Rivera

November 29, 2017

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Carlos Rivera (MM ’04, DMA ’10) recently scored the hit Netflix series Godless, produced by Steven Soderbergh and written and directed by Scott Frank. This isn’t the first time Rivera has composed for a Western – he previously composed the soundtrack for Frank’s 2014 feature film, A Walk Among the Tombstones. […]


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