Choral and Sacred Music


Established by Charles C. Hirt in 1946, the Choral Music department has long been an innovator and leader in the development of graduate degree programs specifically designed for the choral conductor and the church musician. Graduates conduct choral groups of national prominence and hold positions as conductors and teachers throughout the world. The current faculty consists of talented specialists who lead regional choral and church ensembles, and also serve as clinicians and guest conductors around the world.

Departmental ensembles have achieved local, national and international recognition through performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and appearances at Divisional and National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Recognitions have included two Grand Prizes in international choral competitions in Bulgaria, Spain and France.

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USC Thornton Chamber Singers featured on Chinese State Television

October 15, 2014

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The USC Thornton Chamber Singers, one of the longest-running performance ensembles at the USC Thornton School of Music, was featured on Chinese State Television as a part of their trip to the 12th China International Choral Festival in Bejing during Summer 2014. In addition to being inclued in video coverage… read more

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