Choral & Sacred Music

Overview

Established by Charles C. Hirt in 1946, the Department of Choral and Sacred music has long been an innovator and leader in the development of degree programs specifically designed for the choral conductor and religious affiliated musician. Graduates are given the opportunity to 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, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and appearances at Divisional and National Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). Recent tours have taken the ensembles to New Zealand, Australia, China, South Korea, Bulgaria, Spain, France, and this coming year to Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia.

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  • Winter Gala: Brightest and Best

    The USC Thornton School of Music and its Choral & Sacred Music department present its annual winter gala. Celebrate the holidays in elegant style with Brightest & Best, a scholarship fundraiser that provides substantial support for Thornton student scholarships. 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. Saturday, December 9 Bovard Auditorium, USC University Park Campus Pre-concert dinner at 5:00 p.m. optional Will call opens at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information about this scholarship fundraiser, call (213) 740-6474, or visit music.usc.edu/wintergala Join us for dinner! New this year, we are offering an optional pre-concert dinner at the Amy King Dundon-Berchtold University Club of USC beginning at 5:00 p.m. for $100 per person. Reserve early as this limited capacity dinner is sure to sell out! Dinner will include a champagne reception followed by a three-course menu specially designed for this festive holiday concert. Music performed by our talented USC Thornton students will be featured during the evening. Dinner reservations are not tax-deductible. Reception at 5:00 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Beethoven’s 9th: The USC Thornton Symphony & USC Thornton Choral Artists

    The USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Choral Artists join forces to perform one of the great masterworks of late Classical music, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. Completed in 1824, Beethoven’s final published symphony features the largest orchestra ever assembled by the composer and the now-iconic final movement, with a full chorus singing “Ode to Joy”—a fitting title for such a revelatory piece of music. Maestro Carl St.Clair, artistic leader of the USC Thornton Orchestra Program, will conduct the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and the USC Thornton Concert Choir as they perform one of the most beloved symphonies ever written. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Considering Matthew Shepard: A Chamber Music Performance

    The life and legacy of Matthew Shepard—a college student was beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die in a Wyoming field because he was gay—are remembered in Considering Matthew Shepard, the new passion/oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson, one of today’s most influential voices in choral music. This exquisite and moving chamber work, performed by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, soloists, and instrumentalists, reminds us that we must embrace differences and disrupt violence. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the composer and representatives of the USC Office of Religious Life and the LGBTQ community. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)


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    Ethan Sperry named Endowed Professor at Portland State University

    September 29, 2017

    USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music alumnus Ethan Sperry (MM ’98, DMA ’00, choral music) has been named an endowed professor at Portland State University (PSU). He is the first to receive the professorship position, formally titled the “Barre Stoll Director of Choral Activities.” Under his direction, the university’s choirs… read more

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