Andrew Norman '08AD and Ted Hearne '08MM, '09MMA have been appointed the newest assistant professors of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
USC's press release noted that both Norman and Hearne have garnered critical acclaim in the United States and abroad. In Los Angeles, their music has gained exposure through performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Calder Quartet, and through Norman’s current tenure as composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). Norman begins his tenure in the fall of 2013, and Hearne will begin in the fall of 2014.
Donald Crockett, chair of the USC Thornton School of Music Composition Program, which is part of the Division of Classical Performance Studies, was quoted as saying, “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.” USC Thornton DeanRobert A. Cutietta commented, "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."