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Frank Ticheli

21 jan 1958 (Monroe) -
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Frank Ticheli (born January 21, 1958 in Monroe, Louisiana) is an American composer of orchestral, choral, chamber, and concert band works. He lives in Los Angeles, California, where he is a Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California.[1] A number of his works are particularly notable, as they have become standards in concert band repertoire.



He graduated from L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas and earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Southern Methodist University, where he studied with Donald Erb and Jack Waldenmaier. He went on to receive his master's and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of Michigan, where he studied with William Albright, Leslie Bassett, George Wilson, and William Bolcom.

Subsequently, Ticheli was an Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. There, he served on the board of directors of the Texas Composers Forum and was a member of the advisory committee for the San Antonio Symphony's "Music of the Americas" project. From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was composer-in-residence with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, California. Currently, he is a Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Charles Ives Scholarship, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, National Band Association/Revelli Memorial Prize, the A. Austin Harding Award, and First Prize in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, the Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and the Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music. In addition to these awards, Ticheli has been named a national honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Grants and commissions include his selection as a recipient of a Chamber Music America Grant to compose a work for the Philadelphia-based saxophone quartet Prism. He has also received commissions and grants from the American Music Center, Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Worldwide Concurrent Premieres, Inc., Prince George's Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Symphony, City of San Antonio, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Michigan, Trinity University, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association. His work, Angels in the Architecture, for concert band with soprano soloist, was commissioned by Kingsway International and received its premiere performance in July 2008 by a massed band of young musicians from Australia and the U.S. at the Sydney Opera House.

Recent works include CONSTELLATION, a three-movement choral work, RIFFS FOR STEVEN, a work for solo drumset and orchestra featuring drummer Peter Erskine, and a clarinet concerto for soloist Håken Rosengren, premiered by the Lithuanian National Orchestra and first performed in America by the Round Top Festival Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor.


Ticheli's works are published by Manhattan Beach Music, Encore Music Publishers, Helicon Music, and PP Music Publishers and are recorded by Koch International Classics, Klavier, Albany, and Mark Records. They include the following.

For orchestra

  • Riffs for Steven
  • An American Elegy
  • Angels in the Architecture
  • Shooting Stars
  • Symphony No. 1
  • Blue Shades
  • Radiant Voices
  • On Time's Stream
  • Postcard
  • Pacific Fanfare
  • Images of a Storm

For solo with orchestra

  • Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Symphony No. 1 ( with solo tenor in last movement only)
  • An American Dream (with solo soprano)
  • Playing With Fire (for seven-piece jazz band and orchestra)
  • Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra

For chorus

  • Constellation: Three Poems of Sara Teasdale
  • Earth Song
  • The Song Within
  • There Will Be Rest

For concert band/wind ensemble

  • Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble
  • Amen!
  • Angels in the Architecture
  • The Tyger
  • Symphony No. 1 (transcribed by Gary Green)
  • Wild Nights!
  • Nitro
  • Sanctuary
  • Abracadabra
  • Joy Revisited
  • Joy
  • Symphony No. 2
  • Ave Maria
  • A Shaker Gift Song
  • Pacific Fanfare
  • Loch Lomond
  • Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs
  • An American Elegy
  • Vesuvius
  • Shenandoah
  • Blue Shades
  • Sun Dance
  • Cajun Folk Songs II
  • Postcard
  • Gaian Visions
  • Amazing Grace
  • Cajun Folk Songs
  • Fortress
  • Portrait of a Clown
  • Music for Winds & Percussion
  • Concertino for Trombone and Band

For chamber ensemble

  • Out of the Blue
  • Songs of Tagore
  • Back Burner
  • Here We Stand
  • Concertino for Trombone
  • The First Voice
  • String Quartet
  • Fantasy
  • Two Songs of Loss
  • Humouresque
  • Poltergeists
  • No Time
  • Three Movements
  • Trio for Brass


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