Donald Crockett

Los Angeles-based composer and conductor Donald Crockett has received commissions from a wide spectrum of organizations including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Composer-in-Residence, 1991 – 97), Kronos Quartet, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hilliard Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Xtet, Volti and the Guitar Foundation of America, among many others.  Recent commissions have come from New Music USA, Aspen Music Festival, the Harvard Musical Association, Caramoor Festival and a consortium commission from twenty-two college and university wind ensembles. 

His many awards as a composer include the Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for outstanding artistic achievement as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. His music is published by Keiser Classical and Doberman/Yppan and recorded on the Albany, BMOP Sound, ECM, Innova and New World labels, among others.  

A frequent guest conductor with new music ensembles nationally, Donald Crockett has been very active over the years as a conductor with the venerable and famed Monday Evening Concerts, the Aspen Music Festival, Jacaranda, Hear Now Festival, and most recently the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Composer Fellowship Program. His recordings as a conductor can be found on the Albany, CRI, Doberman/Yppan, ECM and New World labels. 

Deeply committed to education, Donald Crockett is Professor and Chair of the Composition Program and Director of Thornton Edge new music ensemble at the USC Thornton School of Music.