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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Jo-Michael Scheibe

Jo-Michael Scheibe conducts a choir of 680 students

October 22, 2015

Jo-Michael Scheibe, chair of the USC Thornton Choral and Sacred Music department, conducted a group of 680 high school choristers from across the state of Utah at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City on October 10. Their 30 minute All State Choir program was preceded by a performance of… read more

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