Named an "American Choral Master" by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2005, Morten Lauridsen received the 2007 National Medal of the Arts in a White House ceremony "for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power, and spiritual depth". He is currently Distinguished professor at the USC Thornton School of Music where he chaired the department of composition for a dozen years and founded the Advanced Studies Program in Film Scoring. He was Composer-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1995-2001.
His compositions, including eight vocal cycles, art songs, instrumental works and a series of sacred motets are performed regularly throughout the world and have been recorded on over 200 CDs, several of which have received Grammy nominations. The award-winning documentary "Shining Night: A Portrait of Morten Lauridsen" was released in 2012.
He has been patron of The Golden Bridge since its inception in 2014, and in 2016 dedicated his choral arrangement of Neruda's poem Ya Eres Mia (Now You Are Mine) to Suzi Digby and the choir, who were thrilled to give the world premiere of the piece accompanied by the composer.