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 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 (ACDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). Recognitions have included two Grand Prizes in international choral competitions in Bulgaria, Spain, and France.

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  • USC Thornton Chamber Singers & Concert Choir: Celebrating the Bard

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers and the USC Thornton Concert Choir present a “Poets and Music” program inspired by the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The “Poets and Music” program will include works by Bloesch, Bradford, Conte, Elberdin, Harris, Hennigan, Mäntyjärvi, Orban, Shearing, and Vaughan Williams.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Apollo Men's Chorus & Oriana Women's Choir: Tapestry of Song

    The Oriana Women's Choir and Apollo Men's Chorus come together for an evening of exciting choral music by Casals, Ives, Copland, and more.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • University Chorus: Music from Around the World

    The University Chorus embarks on an engaging program of choral repertoire from Germany, France, Argentina, Italy, Russia, and beyond, including works by Handel, Rossini, Bernstein, and Ramirez.

    St. John's Episcopal Cathedral

  • Winter Gala: Brightest and Best – A Scholarship Fundraiser

    Celebrate the holidays in elegant style with the annual Brightest & Best winter gala, a scholarship fundraiser that provides substantial support for USC Thornton students. The event will feature 250 singers and instrumentalists ringing in the season with carols and songs in an evening of pageantry for the entire community to enjoy.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

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    USC Thornton Chamber Singers perform with the Rolling Stones

    October 10, 2016

    The Rolling Stones took to Coachella this past weekend for the Desert Trip classic-rock festival, with a little help from the USC Thornton Chamber Singers. Under the direction of Choral and Sacred Music chair Jo-Michael Scheibe, the chorus accompanied the Stone’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” to the… read more

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