- Division:Classical Performance and Composition
Jeffrey Parola is an American composer of a number of eclectic orchestral, chamber, and choral/vocal works. Recent major professional commissions include Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra, which premiered to critical acclaim in Florida with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra (Stewart Robertson, conductor) in March, 2014. this view of life, a piece for chorus and string quartet, premiered in New York City with Choral Chameleon (Vince Peterson, conductor) in May, 2013. Upcoming commissions include a piece for two pianos for the Los Angeles-based Hocket ensemble (Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff, pianists), a song commissioned by Dana Gioia and Victoria Kirsch for the USC Visions & Voices event, “Earth’s Waters: Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans in Poetry and Music” at the USC Fisher Museum of Art, and a piece for the SFCM New Music Ensemble, to be premiered in San Francisco in the spring of 2016.
Jeffrey is the recipient of numerous notable honors, including the Jim Highsmith Orchestral Composition Prize (2009) for his large orchestral work, The Long Valley, honorable mention for the EAMA Prize (2009) for his work, Sempiterna, the EAMA Prize (2012) for The Long Valley, the Rappaport Prize for Music Composition (2013), and the 2016 Hoefer Prize (2014). A committed educator, Jeffrey is a Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition on the faculty at the University of Southern California. He is a recurring composition faculty member for the Choral Chameleon Summer Institute (NYC), which is a summer program for emerging composers and conductors, designed to immerse composers and conductors of choral music in real-world, practical learning experiences. Also an active performer and conductor, Jeffrey Parola serves as Organist & Choirmaster at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Hollywood.