Composition News

Chicago Symphony premieres commission by Elizabeth Ogonek

October 4, 2017

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently premiered a commission by USC Thornton alumna Elizabeth Ogonek (MM ’12, Composition), who is serving a three-year term as composer-in-residence with the ensemble. Music director Riccardo Muti led the premiere of All These Lighted Things on September 28th, with performances to follow in Kansas City (Oct. 11) and Berkeley (Oct. […]


Veronika Krausas performance collaboration featured in Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 21, 2017

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Veronika Krausas recently created a new work in collaboration with artist Ana Prvacki and architecture firm SO-IL for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. L’air pour l’air, which premiered on September 13th at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory, featured four wind musicians from the Chicago Sinfonietta performing Krausas’ De Aere quartet while […]


Jules Pegram participates in Cabrillo Festival Composers Workshop

September 8, 2017

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Jules Pegram (BM ’13) was one of three artists selected for the Composers Workshop at the 2017 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz. Pegram worked with conductors Cristian Măcelaru, Thomas Sleeper, and Leonard Slatkin, along with mentor-composer Michael Gandolfi and other Cabrillo composers-in-residence. His work, L.A. GLOWS, inspired by […]


Ted Hearne’s latest album reviewed in The New Yorker

September 5, 2017

The New Yorker recently reviewed a new album by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne, whom reviewer Russell Platt called “one of the brightest compositional talents of the millennial generation.” Sound from the Bench features four “fierce and timely” choral works recorded by the Philadelphia-based choir, the Crossing, and directed by Donald Nally. […]


Composition alumnus wins two prestigious awards

August 2, 2017

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Eric Guinivan (MM ’08, DMA ’11) recently received a commission from Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation, as well as the Andrew Imbrie Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for “a composer of demonstrated artistic merit in mid-career.” An accomplished composer and GRAMMY Award-nominated percussionist, Guinivan’s work has been […]


Andrew Norman premieres new children’s opera with Berlin Philharmoniker

July 11, 2017

Composer Andrew Norman, a USC Thornton faculty member who has emerged as one of the most distinctive musical voices of his generation, recently premiered a new children’s opera with the renowned Berlin Philharmoniker Orchestra. A Trip to the Moon opened June 17 under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, with help from the Vocal Heroes […]


The Los Angeles Times draws musical parallels between Los Angeles and Berlin

July 5, 2017

The musical vitality of Los Angeles takes center stage in a recent Los Angeles Times article by music critic Mark Swed, which juxtaposes the city’s artistic dynamism with that of the more established metropolis of Berlin. Surveying the German capital’s three major opera companies and the venerable Berlin Philharmonic, Swed drew parallels to several Los […]


L.C. Harnsberger Olvera Street opera performed

June 26, 2017

Golondrina, a chamber opera by composer and alumnus L.C. Harnsberger‘s (BM, ’89, Composition), was performed last month by the Southern California-based Vineyard Touring Opera Company. The opera, which premiered in 2015, tells the true story behind Los Angeles’ Olvera Street landmark and efforts to save its iconic plaza during the construction of Union Station. With […]


Frank Ticheli presents band workshops in Italy

June 20, 2017

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Frank Ticheli is traveling throughout Italy this summer, where he will present several concerts and workshops. Known for his works for concert band, Ticheli will lead programs for Italian band directors in the cities of Fermo, Serra di Conti and Morbegno before presenting at the International Band Festival of […]


L.A. Master Chorale celebrates Morten Lauridsen

June 15, 2017

This week, the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) celebrates the 20th anniversary of USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna with a series of concerts and events at Walt Disney Concert Hall (June 17-22). Alumnus Grant Gershon (’85, piano), USC Thornton Board of Councilors member and artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, was […]


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