Frank Ticheli


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    Classical Performance and Composition


Frank Ticheli’s music has been described as being “optimistic and thoughtful” (Los Angeles Times), “lean and muscular” (The New York Times), “brilliantly effective” (Miami Herald) and “powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel). Ticheli (b. 1958) joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony.

Ticheli’s orchestral works have received considerable recognition in the U.S. and Europe. Orchestral performances have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Saarbruecken, and Austria, and the orchestras of Austin, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Colorado, Haddonfield, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Jacksonville, Lansing, Long Island, Louisville, Lubbock, Memphis, Nashville, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, San Antonio, San Jose, Wichita Falls, and others.

Ticheli’s Flute concerto recently received its world premiere at the National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis, with the composer conducting and Thornton colleague Jim Walker as soloist. In February, 2018, Ticheli’s third symphony, THE SHORE, will receive its East Coast premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall by NYChoral Society and Orchestra.

Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. In addition to composing, he has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world, including Schladming (Austria), Beijing and Shanghai, London and Manchester, Singapore, Rome, Sydney, and numerous cities in Japan.

He is the recipient of a 2012 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, his third award from that prestigious organization. His Symphony No. 2 was named winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. Other awards include the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize and First Prize awards in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music.

Ticheli was awarded national honorary membership to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, “bestowed to individuals who have significantly contributed to the cause of music in America,” and the A. Austin Harding Award by the American School Band Directors Association, “given to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the school band movement in America.” At USC, he has received the Virginia Ramo Award for excellence in teaching, and the Dean’s Award for Professional Achievement.

Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Klavier, Koch International, Mark and Naxos.

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Professional experience

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

  • ARTS AND LETTERS AWARD, the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2012)
  • VIRGINIA RAMO AWARD, for excellence in teaching, USC Thornton School of Music (2012)
  • FIRST PRIZE, 30th Annual NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest, for Symphony No. 2 (2006)
  • GODDARD LIEBERSON FELLOWSHIP, American Academy of Arts and Letters (1990)
  • CHARLES IVES SCHOLARSHIP, American Academy of Arts and Letters (1986)
  • FIRST PRIZE, Delius Choral Composition Contest, for There Will Be Rest (2000)
  • FIRST PRIZE, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, for There Will Be Rest (1999)

Music Festivals:


  • Jeju Island Music Festival, Korea (2006, 2013)
  • Mid-Europe Music Clinic, Schladming, Austria (2005)
  • Singapore Wind Band Festival, Singapore (2004)
  • BASBWE Festival, Royal Northern College, Manchester, England (2003)
  • Banff International Wind Music Festival (1997)


  • SYMPHONY NO. 2, The North Texas Wind Symhony (Klavier label, 2004)
  • SYMPHONY NO. 1, University of Miami Symphony Orchestra (Albany label, 2003)
  • THERE WILL BE REST, The Choral Project (Clarion label, 2003)
  • THE MUSIC OF FRANK TICHELI, vol. 1 & 2, Michigan State University (Mark label, 2001 & 2003)
  • BLUE SHADES, North Texas Wind Symphony (Klavier label, 1998)
  • RADIANT VOICES and POSTCARD, Pacific Symphony (Koch label, 1994)
  • THE CHORAL MUSIC OF FRANK TICHELI, Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony (Delos, 2013)
  • PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE MUSIC OF FRANK TICHELI, Dallas Wind Symphony (Klavier, 2012)


  • CLARINET CONCERTO, commissioned by HÃ¥kan Rosengren
  • ANGELS IN THE ARCHITECTURE, for wind ensemble, premiered at the Sydney Opera House
  • AN AMERICAN DREAM, for soprano and orchestra (performed by the Detroit Symphony)
  • THERE WILL BE REST, for chorus, a cappella (six separate recordings, widely performed)
  • BLUE SHADES, for concert band (two dozen recordings, and hundreds of performances worldwide)
  • RADIANT VOICES, for orchestra (performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and numerous others in Europe, Asia and America)
  • THE SHORE (Symphony No. 3), for chorus and orchestra, commissioned and recorded by the Pacific Chorale (Delos)


Contributing author of book, Composers on Composing for Band (GIA Publications, 2002)

Academic degrees

  • DMA, The University of Michigan, 1987
  • MM, The University of Michigan, 1983
  • BM, Southern Methodist University, 1981

Studied with:

Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, William Albright, George B. Wilson, Donald Erb