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Frank Ticheli


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Frank Ticheli (born 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. A number of his works are particularly notable, as they have become standards in concert band repertoire.


Ticheli graduated from L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas and earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Southern Methodist University. He went on to receive his master’s and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of Michigan, where he studied under the tutelage of William Albright, 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.


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  • headeynyp

    + tracks here

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • tamarr

    BLUE SHADES is without a doubt one of the most difficult and rewarding pieces i've played... so brilliantly composed - i love it!

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • lovedonce

    xsurfacing, i also still am in high school, and have been playing in a junior college symphony, and i agree, but i think the funnest piece i have ever played was tch. 4 symphony in f minor, but my favorite ticheli piece is Angels in the Architecture, its an amazing piece, check it out.

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Shaon2992

    My band's doing a Ticheli feature. Sun Dance, An American Elegy, and all of Simple Gifts. Pretty boss. :V

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • anezaa

    My band is playing Sun Dance! And I get the solo for oboe.. =) I love/hate this piece haha. It's so independent but it blends well.

    16 Jan 2010 Reply
  • xSurfacing

    I'm a junior in college, been playing in symphonies and orchestras since I was in grade school- An American Elegy is without a doubt the best piece I've ever played. I cried playing it as a senior in high school at my final concert.

    11 Dec 2009 Reply
  • blafls

    Am I the only one who has heard his work "An American Elegy"? I sure hope not, this is the kind of music you share with everybody. :(

    17 Oct 2009 Reply
  • TubaChick23

    Legend and pure genius

    4 Jul 2009 Reply
  • thejackyl

    ticheli is one of my main influences

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
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  • allieavengeance

    played all of the simple gifts movements in middleschool band, and got a gold medal at MICCA festival. amazing pieces :D

    20 Dec 2008 Reply
  • chillbox

    played "Abracadabra" in Symphonic band last year in school. I can't find it here though and I really wanted to listen to it again!!!!!

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • jazziesax

    I go to MLK and we're going to China with you this summer! But anyways, I'm first alto and I'm playing the solos in Shenandoah and I just wanted to share my love of it. Very beautifully and uniquely written.

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
  • ikurasake1

    Sophomore in High School here, playing Vesuvius DDDDDX

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • BeatlesTubaPlay

    Cajun Folk Songs!!!!!!! Fortress!!!!!!

    29 May 2008 Reply
  • spellcheck

    FORTRESS <3333333

    29 Oct 2007 Reply

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