Composition News from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

CD of works by Donald Crockett produced by Boston Modern Orchestra Project

June 15, 2015

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) has released a new CD of music by Donald Crockett, chair of the USC Thornton Composition program. “Blue Earth” features several works by Crockett, including a Viola Concerto with soloist Kate Vincent and the orchestral “Blue Earth,” conducted by BMOP Artistic Director Gil Rose. Recording of the CD was made […]

Composition students shine with prizes and premieres

June 2, 2015

In recent weeks, USC Thornton students – from undergraduate to doctoral – have found success with composition awards and premieres. Thomas Kotcheff (MM ’12, composition), currently a doctoral candidate, received a BMI Student Composer Award on May 18 in New York City for his octet, entitled that in shadow or moonlight rises. In addition to […]

Composer Ted Hearne premieres new work with LA Chamber Orchestra

May 19, 2015

Composer Ted Hearne, who joined the USC Thornton Composition faculty in 2014, premiered a new work with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on May 17, closing the ensemble’s 2014-2015 season. Hearne’s piece, “respirator,” evoked his struggles with childhood asthma through percussive and experimental sounds created by the orchestra. In a review of “respirator” for the […]

Composition by Thomas Osborne featured on new piano album

April 30, 2015

A composition by USC Thornton alumnus Thomas Osborne (DMA ’06, composition), “The Ends of the Earth,” was prominently featured on pianist Derek Polischuk’s album, “Terra Incognita,” which was released last month. In a review for City Pulse, Lawrence Cosentino called Osborne’s piece “a grand, terrifying and beautiful new work for piano” that “heaves like ocean […]

Composition by Michael Lee to be featured by Albany Symphony

April 13, 2015

A composition by USC Thornton DMA student Michael Lee was selected for the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s “Composer to Center Stage Reading Session” during their 2015 American Music Festival. Lee’s work, Amped, was premiered by the USC Thornton Symphony at the New Music for Orchestra concert under the baton of professor Donald Crockett in the fall […]

Andrew Norman named Director of LA Phil Composer Fellowship Program

April 8, 2015

USC Thornton Composition professor Andrew Norman will join the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Director of the innovative Composer Fellowship Program, which offers exceptional high-school-age composers an opportunity to engage with more established composers. Norman is presently overseeing the selection process for the next class of Composer Fellows, who will begin the two-year program in the […]

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Composition alum Austin Wintory nominated for two BAFTA awards for video game score

April 7, 2015

Thornton graduate Austin Wintory (’07, composition) has received two British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) award nominations for his work on The Banner Saga video game musical score. Wintory was also honored with the 2015 Outstanding Achievement: Music Production award at the Annual Game Music Awards. Wintory’s previous work on the PlayStation game Journey […]

Alum Roger Zare premieres orchestral work with the California State Northridge Symphony

April 3, 2015

USC Thornton alum Roger Zare (BM ’07) had a piece premiered by the California State Northridge Symphony on March 4. Zare won the 12th annual Northridge Competition Prize for the orchestral version of his piece, Fractal Miniatures. Zare’s piece is a set of 8 movements that reflect his impressions of various fractal patterns. Originally composed […]

Frank Ticheli featured as guest composer with Michigan Philharmonic

March 19, 2015

USC Thornton composition professor Frank Ticheli was recently honored as guest composer with the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, which featured his hugely popular Blue Shades as part of its Pipe Dreams program. Ticheli is a recipient of the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has served as a guest […]

Composer Zhou Tian receives second Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra commission

March 17, 2015

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra recently commissioned a new work by USC Thornton alum Zhou Tian (DMA ’11). His Concerto for Orchestra will be premiered under the orchestra’s music director, Louis Langrée, in the 2015-16 season finale. The CSO previously commissioned Tian’s Poem from a Vanished Time in 2013. Tian’s works have been performed by many […]

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