Frank Ticheli (born 21 January 1958 in Monroe, Louisiana) is an American composer and conductor. His music has been described as being "optimistic and thoughtful" (Los Angeles Times), "lean and muscular" (New York Times), "brilliantly effective" (Miami Herald) and "powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel). Ticheli (b. 1958) joined the faculty of the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony, and he still enjoys a close working relationship with that orchestra and their music director, Carl St. Clair.
Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. In addition to composing, he has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world, including Schladming, Austria, at the Mid-Europe Music Festival; London and Manchester, England, with the Meadows Wind Ensemble; Singapore, with the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band; and numerous cities in Japan, with the Bands of America National Honor Band.
Frank Ticheli is the winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest for his Symphony No. 2. Other awards for his music include the Charles Ives and the Goddard Lieberson Awards, both from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize, and First Prize awards in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music.
Frank Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Klavier, Koch International, and Mark Records.
Works for Winds
- Amazing Grace
- An American Elegy
- Angels in the Architecture
- Blue Shades
- Cajun Folk Songs, Part One
- Cajun Folk Songs, Part Two
- Earth Song for Band (2012)
- Gaian Visions
- Joy Revisited
- Loch Lomond
- Music for Winds and Percussion (withdrawn)
- Pacific Fanfare
- Portrait of a Clown
- Rest (2011)
- San Antonio Dances (2010)
- Shaker Gift Song, A
- Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs
- Sun Dance
- Symphony No. 1 (tr. Green)
- Symphony No. 2
- Wild Nights!
- Frank Ticheli - Official Website
- Camphouse, Mark, editor. (2002) Composers on Composing for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 349–384.
- Darling, John A. (2005) A Study of the Wind Band Music of Frank Ticheli with an Analysis of Fortress, Postcard and Vesuvius. Ohio State University, Doctoral Dissertation.
- McCutchen, Mathew G. (2009) An Examination of the History and Winning Pieces of the National Band Association's Composition Contest: 1977-2008. Florida State University, Doctoral Dissertation.