Events for composition

USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

Donald Crockett, chair of the Composition program, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by Thornton student composers.

Composition Showcase

The Composition department presents a concert featuring new solo, chamber, and vocal works by student composers. The celebrated program has included Pulitzer Prize finalists and major award winners among its recent alumni.

Electro-Acoustic Showcase

The Composition department presents the annual electro-acoustic showcase, led by DMA student Eric Pham, featuring works by student composers that combine electronic instruments and signal processing with acoustic instruments.

Faculty Recital with Chris Rozé

Composition faculty member Chris Rozé presents an evening of original work performed by Thornton students, past and present. The recital will feature a program of Rozé’s music that includes three songs on poems of e.e. cummings with current student, soprano Lucie Shelley, Changing Light commissioned by faculty member, Kristy Morrell, and other works.

Caught in the Chamber: A Music and Dance Concert-in-Process with yMusic

In two very special performances, yMusic, composer and USC Thornton faculty member Andrew Norman, dancer/choreographer and USC Kaufman professor Jennifer McQuiston Lott, and avant-pop music-video director Nathan Johnson will create a hybrid “chamber music video.” Hailed by NPR as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is an ensemble of six innovative New York City instrumentalists who are equally at home performing with popular musicians like Björk and commissioning scores from rising orchestral composers. Share in their creative journey at this unique event, which will also feature new works by students from the USC Thornton School of Music and USC Kaufman School of Dance. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities

Thornton Edge: Stephen Hartke Piano Concerto

Donald Crockett leads the Thornton Edge new music ensemble in the West Coast premiere of Stephen Hartke's concerto for piano and ensemble, featuring pianist Xak Bjerken as soloist. Hartke's concerto is co-commissioned by USC Thornton and the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble.