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Choral and Sacred Music

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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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Apollo Men's Chorus

Apollo Men’s Chorus releases new album

February 9, 2016

The USC Thornton Apollo Men’s Chorus released an album in December, commemorating the ensemble’s growth and success from 2013 to 2015. In the fall of 2013, the group consisted of just 12 artists, including former conductor Karsten Longhurst. Today, the ensemble has grown to over 50 singers and has become… read more

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