Composition News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Sarah Gibson receives LACO Sound Investment commission

May 31, 2018

Sarah Gibson (MM ’10, DMA ’15), a USC Thornton alumna and a member of the school’s Composition faculty, has been selected as Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Sound Investment composer for the 2018-19 season. Previous recipients of Sound Investment commissions include Ted Hearne, Matthew Aucoin, Ellen Reid, and Andrew Norman, now LACO’s creative advisor & composer-in-residence. […]


Los Angeles premiere of Mark Weiser opera at Art Share L.A.

May 15, 2018

The Place Where You Started, a chamber opera by USC Thornton Composition faculty member Mark Weiser with a libretto by Amy S. Punt, will be performed in collaboration with the Helix Collective, May 17-19 at Art Share L.A. The multimedia work, Weiser’s fourth opera, explores tensions around race and class. His previous opera, Where Angels […]


American Composers Orchestra to perform work by Ryan Lindveit

May 15, 2018

USC Thornton alumnus Ryan Lindveit (BM ’16) is one of six emerging composers whose works will be performed by the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) during the organization’s Underwood New Music Readings on June 21st and 22nd in New York City. Lindveit, who was USC’s Salutatorian and a Thornton Outstanding Graduate in 2016, will present his […]


Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra to premiere concerto by Donald Crockett

May 10, 2018

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, which was founded by clarinetist and USC Thornton alumnus Benjamin Mitchell (GCRT ’17, arts leadership), will present the world premiere of a commission by Composition chair Donald Crockett on May 12th and 13th, 2018. The new concerto for grand piano, two toy pianos, and chamber orchestra, And the River, will be […]


Morten Lauridsen to receive honorary degree from Muhlenberg College

April 18, 2018

This spring, composer, USC Thornton faculty member, and National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen will receive an honorary doctorate from Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College. He has previously earned honorary degrees from Whitman College, Oklahoma State University, Westminster Choir College, and King’s College at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. At the May 18th ceremony in Allentown, […]


Ted Hearne a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music

April 17, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music. His politically-charged album, Sound from the Bench (Cantaloupe Music), was recorded with the Philadelphia-based Crossing Choir and explores subjects including the Iraq War, white privilege, and the Supreme Court’s “Citizen’s United” decision. In a review […]


Ted Hearne brings “Katrina Ballads” to Australia

April 11, 2018

The Australian publication Broadsheet recently profiled Katrina Ballads by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne, ahead of the work’s performance debut as part of the 2018 Perth Festival. Hearne’s series of ballads explores the social and physical destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, primarily in the aftermath of government inaction that contributed to a […]


Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra hosts competition for new works

March 23, 2018

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, which was founded by clarinetist and USC Thornton alumnus Benjamin Mitchell (GCRT ’17, arts leadership), has announced a competition for instrumental and vocal works to be performed during the ensemble’s 2018-19 season. The orchestra has emerged as a powerhouse for new music in Los Angeles, premiering works by 18 composers in […]


Veronika Krausas receives Opera America grant

March 20, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Veronika Krausas was recently awarded an Opera America Discovery Grant for her Ghost Opera project. Eight female composers received grants of up to $15,000 to help advance and promote their works-in-development. Previous recipients include faculty member Laura Karpman and DMA candidate Julia Adolphe (MM ’12). Krausas’ Ghost Opera is […]


Andrew Norman’s “A Trip to the Moon” proves popular with L.A. Phil audiences

March 13, 2018

A Trip to the Moon, the new children’s opera by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Andrew Norman (’02, MM ’04), was warmly reviewed in the Los Angeles Times following its U.S premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on March 2nd at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Times described the opera, which has seen significant […]


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