Morten Lauridsen (born 27 February 1943 in Colfax, Washington) is an American composer of Danish ancestry. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, and attended Whitman College and USC, where he studied advanced composition. Among his early teachers were Ingolf Dahl, Halsey Stevens, Robert Linn, and Harold Owen. He is a long-time professor of Composition at the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music, and served as chairman of its Composition Department between 1990 and 2002.
In 2006, Morten Lauridsen was named an "American Choral Master" by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007, he was the recipient of the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, "for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide." The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.
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