Morten Lauridsen, USC Distinguished Professor of Composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, has received the 2014 Outstanding Service Award from the USC Association of Trojan Leagues.
As part of its mission to foster and promote the interest of the university, the association has honored one exceptional USC professor with the award each year since 1997. Each recipient receives the leagues’ “Red Apple” statuette, along with a monetary gift.
Lauridsen, who came to USC as a student in the 1960s, is the 18th recipient of the award and the only one to be chosen unanimously.
“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition of my creative work, teaching and service from the Association of Trojan Leagues,” Lauridsen said. “The award is reflective upon the quality and high standards set by my USC Thornton faculty colleagues, both past and present, who have inspired me with their world-class artistry and dedication to teaching excellence over the many years of my association with the school.”
Professors are nominated by members of the Trojan Leagues and by past award recipients. Nominees must demonstrate significant academic contribution to their respective fields, possess a commitment to fostering relationships with students and alumni, and foster the ideals of the Trojan Family. Past recepients include President Emeritus Dr. Steven B. Sample, Provost Elizabeth Garrett and USC Trojan Marching Band director Arthur Bartner.
The Association of Trojan Leagues consists of seven Trojan alumni organizations across Southern California, with a combined membership of almost 1,000 alumnae.