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Tram Sparks

Tram Sparks named Associate Professor of Practice in the Choral & Sacred Music Program

February 7, 2019

After five years at USC Thornton as an adjunct associate professor, Tram Sparks has been named associate professor of practice in the Choral & Sacred Music Program. Prior to joining the USC faculty in 2015, Sparks taught for over ten years at Temple University Boyer College of Music & Dance, serving as associate professor and […]


Cristian Grases to present at 2020 World Symposium

January 29, 2019

Christian Grases, a USC Thornton Choral and Sacred Music faculty member, has been invited to present at the 2020 World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand. This premier festival of choirs is hosted by a major city around the world every three years and is where the leading choirs, conductors, composers and administrators […]


Kate Crellin

Kate Crellin to present research at ACDA Conference

January 10, 2019

Kate Crellin, a senior in the Choral & Sacred Music program, will present her research project “Transgender Students in the Choral Classroom: Creating Safe & Accepting Environment” at the 2019 National American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conference that begins on Feb. 27 in Kansas City, Mo. For this project, she interviewed transgender singers to learn […]


Dale Trumbore wins ACDA’s Brock Competition for Professional Composers

November 29, 2018

Composition alumna, Dale Trumbore (MM ’11), won the American Choral Directors Association’s first Raymond W. Brock Competition for Professional Composers for her composition In the Middle. The work will be performed by the Aeolians at the 2019 ACDA national conference in Kansas City in February with Jason Max Ferdinand conducting. Trumbore has been called “a […]


Thornton students host free community concerts

November 15, 2018

Rina Ritivoiu, a doctoral student in the Choral & Sacred Music program, created a free community concert series with musicians from Thornton that was featured in the Daily Trojan. As part of an assignment from her Arts Organization class with Professor Dana Gioia, Ritivoiu recruited 20 friends and peers to perform free concerts in communities […]


Deutsche Grammophon releases Morten Lauridsen’s “Light Eternal”

November 9, 2018

Deutsche Grammophon’s “Light Eternal; The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen” was released today. The new CD of Morten Lauridsen’s choral music was performed by The Chamber Choir of Europe and I Virtuosi Italiani conducted by Nicol Matt. Lauridsen spent a week in Kufstein, Austria last year to record with the 24-voice chorus comprised of singers […]


Composer Jaco Wong collaborates with animation artist

October 15, 2018

Composer and conductor Jaco Wong (MM ’16, Choral and Composition) was commissioned by animation artist Evan Tedlock to compose Psithaura, a ritualized experience inspiring reflection on our relationship to nature, for 16-part mixed chorus. The work was premiered in April, 2018, in an interactive installation exhibited at the USC Firehouse art gallery, then was later […]


Jenny Wong conducts the LA Master Chorale on tour

October 8, 2018

Jenny Wong, an alumna of the USC Thornton Choral Music program and associate conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), was warmly reviewed for her conducting of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrine di San Pietro at the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia. The Renaissance madrigal cycle, which the LAMC is currently touring in an […]


Three new albums celebrate the music of Morten Lauridsen

September 25, 2018

This Fall marks an exciting lineup of album releases and concerts celebrating the music of Morten Lauridsen (’66, MA’68, DMA’74), USC Thornton Distinguished Professor of Composition and National Medal of Arts recipient. In October, the Chamber Choir of Europe and I Virtuosi Italiani chamber orchestra will release an all-Lauridsen disc on the Deutsche Grammophon label, […]


Suzi Digby’s choral ensemble winds Opus Klassik award

September 7, 2018

The ORA Singers, a UK ensemble led by USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music faculty member Suzi Digby, recently earned Best Ensemble of the Year at the Opus Klassik Awards. The London-based ensemble, currently in residence at LSO St. Luke’s, earned the award for its Many Are the Wonders album, which features music by Thomas […]


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