USC Thornton Composition alumnus Alan Chan (DMA ’08) was selected as the recipient of George Duke Commissioning Prize, co-created by the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra and The ASCAP Foundation to honor the trailblazing musician, George Duke.
Alan Chan’s music has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the American Composers Forum, New Music USA, and the Ucross Foundation, among others. In 2011, he founded the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra, which is comprised of top studio/jazz musicians from Los Angeles. Chan’s music has been performed around the world by ensembles such as the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Millennium Jazz Orchestra, La Jolla Symphony, Taipei Percussion and SToP ensemble of Slovenia. Chan’s George Duke prize includes a $10,000 award and the opportunity to write a new work for the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra to be performed in its 2016-17 season.