Composition News

LACO premieres new commission by Juan Pablo Contreras

February 13, 2019

This week, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will premiere composer and USC Thornton DMA student Juan Pablo Contreras’ new piano quintet, Musas Mexicanas. The two-night debut will take place Thursday, Feb. 13 at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater and Friday, Feb. 15 at The Huntington in San Marino. Commissioned as part of LACO’s In Focus series […]

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Jules Pegram wins ASCAP/CBDNA Fennell Prize

January 22, 2019

Earlier this year, Jules Pegram ‘13 received the ninth bi-annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Frederick Fennell Prize award for his piece “Concerto for Alto Saxophone & Wind Ensemble.” The competition, named for Frederick Fennell, ASCAP member and past President of CBDNA, was established to […]

Red Hen Press: An Afternoon of Poetry & Performance

December 13, 2018

Free this Sunday afternoon? USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen presents his celebrated music with Thornton faculty and alumni alike, including Rod Gilfry, Carin Gilfry, Dana Gioia, and more. The event, Red Hen Press: An Afternoon of Poetry & Performance, will take place at The Broad Stage! The spiritual depth of Morten Lauridsen’s music, paired with […]

Andrew Norman featured in YCA Composer-in-Residence promo

December 6, 2018

Celebrated composer and USC Thornton professor, Andrew Norman, is featured in the promotion of the Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence Search. An alumnus and previous winner of the program in 2008, Norman is quoted as saying that “YCA changed my creative life and work, and they can change yours too!” Winners are awarded two $5,000 commissions […]

Dale Trumbore wins ACDA’s Brock Competition for Professional Composers

November 29, 2018

Composition alumna, Dale Trumbore (MM ’11), won the American Choral Directors Association’s first Raymond W. Brock Competition for Professional Composers for her composition In the Middle. The work will be performed by the Aeolians at the 2019 ACDA national conference in Kansas City in February with Jason Max Ferdinand conducting. Trumbore has been called “a […]

Deutsche Grammophon releases Morten Lauridsen’s “Light Eternal”

November 9, 2018

Deutsche Grammophon’s “Light Eternal; The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen” was released today. The new CD of Morten Lauridsen’s choral music was performed by The Chamber Choir of Europe and I Virtuosi Italiani conducted by Nicol Matt. Lauridsen spent a week in Kufstein, Austria last year to record with the 24-voice chorus comprised of singers […]

Senior Logan Nelson wins at World Soundtrack Awards

November 2, 2018

USC Thornton Composition senior Logan Nelson has won the SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer from the World Soundtrack Academy. The annual competition calls for submissions of original symphonic film or TV scores and includes a cash prize of €2500. Nelson will have the opportunity to hear his winning […]

Morten Lauridsen receives 2018 Half Century Trojans Hall of Fame Award

October 26, 2018

On Tuesday, October 23rd, noted composer and USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen was one of six alumni to receive the Half Century Trojans Hall of Fame Award from the USC Alumni Association. The Hall of Fame awards are given each year to alumni who graduated 50+ years ago and exemplify the ideals of the Trojan […]

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 […]

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