Frank 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, 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 of 2008 by a massed band of young musicians from Australia and the U.S. at the Sydney Opera House.
He recently composed a three-movement choral work, entitled Constellation. The first movement was given its premiere performance by the 2009 California All-State Mixed Honor Choir on March 28, 2009 in Pasadena California, under the direction of Dr. Joe Miller. The work, in its entirety, received its premiere performance by the 2009 North Dakota State University Choir under the direction of Frank Ticheli. Ticheli is currently composing a clarinet concerto for soloist Hïken Rosengren, to be premiered in 2010.