Composition Faculty Group

Composition

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The composers on the USC Thornton faculty are outstanding members of the international musical community, with major commissions, awards, recordings and residencies among the faculty’s many accolades. Composition students, among the finest in the country, regularly win national awards and commissions, including: ASCAP and BMI awards, New York Symphony Orchestra First Music commissions, Aspen fellowships, American Composers Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra reading sessions, among many others.

The Composition department emphasizes performance opportunities for student composers. Student works are premiered at Contemporary Music Ensemble concerts, student recitals, and at the annual New Music for Orchestra concert – an event which has premiered over 200 USC Thornton student orchestral works. The USC Thornton choruses, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and chamber music program provide composition students with significant reading and performance opportunities.

Our department’s curriculum offers thorough training in composition, musicianship, theory, analysis, orchestration and counterpoint. Electives in electronic and computer music are also available. Students who successfully complete our BM degree are guaranteed acceptance into the graduate certificate program in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television.

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USC Thornton alumni receive ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

April 18, 2014

Conductor?s baton on sheet music

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 […]

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