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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Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna heard around the world in a single week

March 26, 2015

Morten Lauridsen

USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen’s beloved choral work, Lux Aeterna, spanned the globe this week. On Sunday, March 22, Lauridsen’s work was performed by members of the Fairfax Choral Society at Carnegie Hall. On Friday, March 27, the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir, led by Choral & Sacred Music professor… read more

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