Heartland Marimba

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Neil Thornock

HMFP Compositions

  • Blur – A duo for xylophone/cans and vibraphone/glass.

  • Lurgy – A concerto for carillon and many percussionists.

  • Dulci – A solo for hammered dulcimer.

  • Illumination – A solo for chimes.

  • Litany for John Cage – A solo for vibraphone.

  • Fanfares – A solo for marimba.

  • Quantasy – A solo for marimba.

  • Marred Rigors – A duo for marimba and euphonium or French horn.


Neil Thornock began his college-level music studies as an organist and carillonneur at Brigham Young University. He received a Doctorate of Music in composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2006. During academic year 2006-2007, he was a visiting assistant professor of music and assistant to the Provost for accreditation at Southern Virginia University. He joined the BYU faculty in the 2007-2008 academic year. He teaches courses in composition and theory.

In his artistic pursuits, Thornock primarily considers himself a performer/composer. Many of his compositions grow out of performance opportunities on organ, carillon, piano, toy piano, and harpsichord. His interests also include electronic sound media (most recently, Huygens’ Workshop for toy piano and electonics) and growing interest in video. Thornock’s works have been described both as “richly scored, moving, resonant” (Peter Jacobi, Herald Times) and as possessing “cool understatement” (editor, www.download.com). They have received performances in various venues, including NASA, SEAMUS, SCI, Imagine 2, Eccles Organ Concert Series, and San Diego State University. Indiana University ensembles recently premiered O years! and age! farewell for choir and orchestra as part of the opening concert of the Midwest Composers’ Symposium. In 2004, he was awarded a Barlow Commission which resulted in a 35-minute double bass solo, premiered at Indiana University by Nathan Wood. Additionally, his music for carillon has garnered several international awards and has been regularly performed at congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America since 2001.