Notable composers Norman and Hearne join USC Thornton
The USC Thornton School of Music has appointed new faculty members Andrew Norman ’02, MM ’04 and Ted Hearne as assistant professors of composition. They will begin their tenures in fall 2013 and fall 2014, respectively.
Norman and Hearne have garnered critical acclaim in Los Angeles through performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Calder Quartet, as well as internationally by various ensembles and performers.
“Andrew Norman and Ted Hearne are two of the finest composers of their generation — both write vivid, original music and have compelling ideas about music education,” said Donald Crockett, professor and chair of the school’s composition program, which is part of the Division of Classical Performance Studies. “Following a very competitive international search, I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Andrew and Ted to our composition faculty here at USC Thornton.”
Norman and Hearne join an internationally renowned composition faculty that includes Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Morten Lauridsen, Frederick Lesemann, Veronika Krausas and Frank Ticheli.
“Bringing Ted and Andrew to USC Thornton continues our strategic plan to bring the finest teachers from around the world to Los Angeles to be part of our already illustrative faculty. Our music students deserve no less,” USC Thornton Dean Robert A. Cutietta said.
A USC Thornton alum, Norman cultivated his commitment to music education through a number of residencies including one at the Des Moines Symphony. He currently serves as composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO).
“I am excited and honored to be joining the USC Thornton School of Music’s esteemed faculty,” Norman said. “My experiences as a student at the Thornton School were and continue to be absolutely invaluable to my formation as a musician, and I look forward to helping other young people along their paths of musical discovery.”
He added: “I look forward to fully rejoining the vibrant musical community that nurtured and inspired me for many years.”
Jeffrey Kahane, music director of LACO, said: “All of us at LACO were deeply delighted by the news of Andrew Norman’s appointment to the composition faculty at USC. We are so fortunate to have this preternaturally gifted artist as our composer-in-residence, and knowing that he will literally be residing in Los Angeles will not only broaden and deepen the already significant impact he has made on our organization, but is yet another brilliant feather in the cultural cap of Los Angeles.”
Hearne brings a multidimensional voice to the composition program as his work draws from a variety of genres and influences, from orchestral and choral music to experimental rock, hip-hop and noise. His work has been performed and commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, New York City Opera, the Calder Quartet and Present Music in Milwaukee, among many others.
“I’m thrilled and humbled to be joining the faculty at USC. The rich and rigorous musical community at the Thornton School is one I’ve always admired, and it will be a true honor to work with the composition faculty,” he said. “I’m also looking forward to becoming part of the contemporary music scene in Los Angeles — the city is filled with so many unique and experimental voices. One can only imagine the many new and provocative combinations of sounds and musical experiences that will form the fabric of LA’s future.”
Deborah Borda, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, said: “I commend USC on making such a bold choice on bringing two of the most distinctive voices of their generation to Los Angeles. We are particularly pleased because we have our own relationship with both of these composers, having commissioned Andrew Norman twice and Ted Hearne just this past season. We look forward to deepening both relationships in the years to come.”