Neil Thornock

Dr. Neil Thornock, Brigham Young University

Composer / performer Neil Thornock has written music for chamber, orchestral, and choral ensembles, electronic media, and a variety of keyboard instruments with emphasis on organ and carillon music. Recent large projects include Planetarium, a three-hour cycle for organ and electronics; Cosmology, an hour-long piano solo performed and recorded by Hilary Demske; Motet, an 80-minute audio-visual piece for piano and electronics; and am strigat … am legat, a concerto for alto trombone, premiered by Will Kimball. He recently began work on The Millennium Book, a project to write 1000 small pieces for organ for worship or concert, and on an album of electronic music in alternate tunings. Recordings of his music include Between the Lines, featuring his percussion music, and No Stopping, Standing, or Parking, featuring music for saxophone. Additionally, he has recorded the complete organ works of Christian Asplund. He has been awarded commissions from the Barlow Endowment three times.

Neil is active in the carillon community as composer and as a member of the Johan Franco Composition Committee for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. His carillon music has been performed around the world. He has collaborated with dozens of composers and has premiered numerous new works for organ and carillon.

Neil has taught music composition and theory at Brigham Young University since 2007. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. He and his wife Tammy have seven children and actively participate in weekly church services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On this page you will find new works created exclusively for Firehead Editions by Neil Thornock. This collection of works will continually expand and will typically include works for organ solo, choral ensembles, handbell choirs, and selected chamber works.

Click on a title to see sample pages.  If you have any questions about the music or want to see more pages of a particular score, please contact the composer directly.


Meditationes Vitæ Christi
(12 movements on the Life of Christ)
Learn about this piece on our Major Works page!

Tunc venit Jesus a Galilaea in Jordanem ad Joannem
(extract from Meditationes Vitae Christi)

Filius autem hominis non habet caput reclinet
(extract from Meditationes Vitae Christi)

Triptych on “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Meditation for Advent

The Millennium Book
An ongoing series of miniatures for organ solo

First Century – volume 1
First Century – volume 2



All My Heart This Night Rejoices
(Carol for SATB choir and organ)