Donald Crockett (b. 1951, Pasadena, Californai) is a Los Angeles-based composer and conductor that has been commissioned by a wide spectrum of organizations inlcuding the LA Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet and many others. A frequent guest conductor with new music ensembles nationally, Donald Crockett has been very active over the years as a composer and conductor with the venerable and famed Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, as well as the Jacaranda series in Santa Monica. Most recently, he has been a resident conductor of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival. As conductor of the USC Thornton Symphony’s annual New Music for Orchestra series, Donald Crockett has premiered over 150 new orchestral works by outstanding Thornton student composers. 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, Director of Thornton Edge new music ensemble and Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs at the USC Thornton School of Music, as well as Senior Composer-in-Residence with the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. His music is published by Keiser Classical and Doberman/Yppan and recorded on the Albany, BMOP Sound, CRI, Doberman/Yppan, ECM, Innova, Laurel, New World, Orion, Pro Arte/Fanfare and 4Tay Records labels.