Composition News

Gloria Cheng releases album in tribute to Steven Stucky

October 17, 2018

Pianist Gloria Cheng (DMA ’91), an alumna of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, recently released an album in tribute to the late composer Steven Stucky, who passed away in 2016. Garlands for Steven Stucky features 24 short works by composers who knew Stucky, personally, including Thornton Composition chair Donald Crockett, a long-time friend of […]


Composer Jaco Wong collaborates with animation artist

October 15, 2018

Composer and conductor Jaco Wong (MM ’16, Choral and Composition) was commissioned by animation artist Evan Tedlock to compose Psithaura, a ritualized experience inspiring reflection on our relationship to nature, for 16-part mixed chorus. The work was premiered in April, 2018, in an interactive installation exhibited at the USC Firehouse art gallery, then was later […]


Juan Pablo Contreras premieres new work with LACO

October 4, 2018

Tonight, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will present the U.S. premiere of current doctoral student Juan Pablo Contreras’ harp concerto, Ángel Mestizo. The event, which begins at 8:00 pm at Hauser + Wirth in Downtown Los Angeles, is part of SESSION, a series in which LACO musicians collaborate with compelling composers in unique spaces.   […]


Ted Hearne earns strong NY Times review

October 3, 2018

The Crossing, a Philadelphia-based choral ensemble focusing on contemporary music, recently premiered a new work by composer and USC Thornon faculty member Ted Hearne, at the Park Avenue Armory. Hearne’s Animals, which incorporated a brief text by President Donald Trump about illegal immigrants, was one of ten works on patriotism and war, environmental depredation, and […]


Sarah Gibson profiled by BMI

October 1, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Sarah Gibson (MM ’10, DMA ’15) was recently interviewed on the BMI website about her start in the field, her new music piano duo, Hocket, and her diverse body of compositions, including those for toy piano. Gibson was recently named 2018-2019 Sound Investment Composer by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra […]


Senior Logan Nelson finalist for World Soundtrack award

September 18, 2018

The World Soundtrack Academy organizes a composition contest every year for young, international film composers. If selected, the composer will write a symphonic score for a selected film or TV excerpt and will be given the SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer, worth $2500. This year, USC Thornton Composition […]


Alumnus Robert Lydecker scores second season of “Iron Fist”

September 11, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton alumnus Robert Lydecker (BM ’08 Composition, GCRT ’09 Film Scoring), scored the second season of the Netlix original series Iron Fist, which premiered September 7th. Lydecker also co-scored two seasons of ABC’s Designated Survivor with composer Sean Callery, and co-composed the score for the 2017 film XXX: Return of Xander Cage […]


Frank Ticheli inducted into the University of Michigan’s Hall of Fame

September 10, 2018

Frank Ticheli, a member of USC Thornton’s Composition faculty, was recently inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Fame, alongside fellow alum and renowned soprano, Jessye Norman. Ticheli, who graduated with a Master’s in trumpet and composition in 1983 and a DMA in composition in 1987, has gained worldwide recognition for his works for […]


Alumnus Jules Pegram premieres new opera

September 5, 2018

USC Thornton alumnus Jules Pegram (BM ’13, Composition) recently composed, produced, and conducted two performances of Higher Ground, a sixty-minute, one act opera with a libretto by North Carolina-based writer Jim Whiteside. Scored for seven principal vocalists, SATB chorus, and chamber orchestra, the opera was fully staged on April 4 & 5, 2018 at the […]


Greg Reitan receives Copland House residency award

August 1, 2018

Jazz pianist and film composer Greg Reitan (BM ’96, Composition), a USC Thornton alumnus, has been awarded a 2018 residency at the Copland House in New York state. The house, where Aaron Copland spent the last 30 years of his life, hosts selected composers for short-term, all-expenses-paid creative residencies each year. Reitan has worked as […]


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