Composition News

Billy Childs to join Berklee as visiting scholar

July 18, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus and celebrated jazz musician Billy Childs ’79 will serve as a visiting scholar at Berklee College of Music for the 2019-20 academic year. During his stint in Boston, Childs, a five-time GRAMMY award recipient, will teach jazz composition classes, coach a student ensemble and offer master classes.


Morten Lauridsen nominated for an Opus Klassik Award

July 8, 2019

Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Composition at USC Thornton, recently received a nomination in the Best Choral Recording category of the 2019 Opus Klassik Awards, Germany’s premier classical awards, for “Light Eternal – The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen.” The recording, which was conducted by Nicol Matt and performed by the Chamber Choir of […]


Dale Trumbore

Dale Trumbore publishes new book

June 13, 2019

USC Thornton Composition alumna Dale Trumbore (MM ’11) recently published a new book entitled Staying Composed: Overcoming Anxiety and Self-Doubt Within a Creative Life. With lessons drawn from her professional composing career, Trumbore offers tips for creatives in any field and breaks down obstacles to a creative career. The book also presents strategies to create […]


Veronika Krausas

Veronika Krausas earns praise for new opera

June 10, 2019

Veronika Krausas, a USC Thornton Composition faculty member, debuted her newest opera to rave reviews last month. Ghost Opera, which premiered at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, earned positive press from the Calgary Herald and CBC. The Calgary Herald praised Krausas while describing the show as “visually opulent” and “theatrically mesmerizing.” “Krausas has […]


USC musicians to perform at LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight event

May 31, 2019

On Saturday, June 1 the LA Phil celebrates new music with their third-annual Noon to Midnight event, a twelve-hour marathon featuring many of California’s finest ensembles in pop-up performances around Walt Disney Concert Hall. The day-long lineup features several ensembles that feature USC Thornton musicians, including USC Thornton Percussion Group, HOCKET, Sakura Cello Quintet, Calder […]


Veronika Krausas

Veronika Krausas to present new opera in Canada

May 22, 2019

This Friday, May 24, USC Thornton Composition faculty member Veronika Krausas will present the world premiere of a new opera, Ghost Opera at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity. The new work, which is a full-length chamber drama giocoso opera conceived with puppets, is presented by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop and Calgary Opera in […]


Jules Pegram

USC Thornton students and alumni win Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

May 21, 2019

USC Thornton Composition students and alumni comprised five of the 21 recipients of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation 2019 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The annual award encourages talented young creators of concert music ranging in age from 10 to 30. The winners included undergraduate Adam Karelin, graduate students Nina […]


Frank Ticheli’s “American Elegy” continues to have impact

May 15, 2019

Soon after the Columbine shooting, USC Thornton Composition faculty member Frank Ticheli was asked to compose a piece for the Columbine High School Band to honor the grieving community and remember lives lost. A year after the tragedy, he premiered “American Elegy” with the Columbine High School Wind Ensemble at the Macky Auditorium on the […]


Andrew Norman named finalist for Pulitzer Prize for Music

May 7, 2019

USC Thornton Composition faculty member Andrew Norman (’02, MM ’04) was one of three finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his orchestral work Sustain.  Sustain is a large-scale work for orchestra that was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to launch its 100th anniversary season. The LA Phil premiered the piece on […]


Bill Biersach’s Beatles class profiled in Daily Trojan

May 2, 2019

USC Thornton faculty member Bill Biersach and his class The Beatles: Their Music and Their Times was profiled in the Daily Trojan. The article discusses how Biersach has evolved the course since he created it over 20 years ago. The class is immensely popular with students, and Biersach refers to it as his “one really […]


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