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 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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  • Concert Choir: Music of Our Time

    The Concert Choir celebrates the music of renowned composers from around the globe with a unique collaboration. In preparation for the performance, each composer featured will interact with the ensemble in person, via Skype, or by recording. The concert features work from USC Thornton faculty members Morten Lauridsen and Frank Ticheli, as well as Nilo Alcala (Philippines), Alberto Grau (Venezuela), Randol Alan Bass (USA), Sarah Hopkins (Australia), Hyo Won Woo (Korea), Eric Whitacre (USA), Leo Brouwer (Cuba), and Robert Applebaum (England).

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Apollo Men's Chorus & Oriana Women's Choir: Kaleidoscope

    The Oriana Women's Choir and Apollo Men's Chorus present an evening of choral works by composers from a range of historical periods, including compositions by USC Thornton faculty member Nick Strimple. The evening's performance will also include a collaboration between chorus and string quintet, comprised of select players from the Thornton's Strings program.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • University Chorus: Music Under Oppression

    The University Chorus surveys the music of the World War II era with an emphasis on works that were banned during the Nazi regime. This rare program features composers ranging from Mozart to Hindemith, Kurt Weill, and Duke Ellington.

    St. John's Episcopal Cathedral

  • Chamber Singers: Prayers and Intercessions

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers present a program of "Prayers and Intercessions" including Debussy's Trois Chansons and Christina Whitten Thomas' Choral de Betes. The concert features the American premiere of Johann Naumann's Psalm 149, which marks the culmination of a scholarly and artistic collaboration between the Choral & Sacred Music Department, the USC Music Library and its director, Andrew Justice, and the Moravian Archives in Herrnhut, Germany.

    St. John's Episcopal Cathedral


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    The National Children’s Chorus forms partnership with USC Thornton School of Music

    February 17, 2017

    USC Thornton has announced a new partnership with the National Children’s Chorus (NCC), America’s leading treble choral ensemble. The new educational initiative, designed to further train select young conductors in Thornton’s Choral & Sacred Music program, will provide graduate students with two positions annually on the NCC’s artistic staff. USC… read more

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