Choral and Sacred Music News

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 […]


Choral & Sacred Music students find professional success

July 23, 2018

Several graduate students of the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program have recently brought their work to larger audiences. DMA candidate Irene Apanovitch-Leites presented at the Canadian Choral Directors’ Summer Conference in late June. She will bring her presentation, “How Do Singers Relate: Exploring the Connection Between Empathy and Choral Singing,” to the ACDA […]


Troy Quinn named music director of Venice Symphony

June 27, 2018

Troy Quinn (DMA ’14), a member of the USC Thornton Conducting faculty and a graduate of the school’s Choral & Sacred Music program, has been selected as music director of the Venice Symphony Orchestra in Venice, Florida. Quinn, who conducted May concerts with the orchestra featuring Thornton faculty member and former concertmaster of the New […]


Jacob Broussard receives Wilma Mankiller Fellowship for Tribal Policy and Governance

May 15, 2018

Jacob Broussard (’18), a recent graduate of the USC Thornton Choral Music program, has received the Wilma Mankiller Fellowship for Tribal Policy and Governance, administered by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Broussard, who previously received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship to undertake ethnomusicological research, will be working in Washington D.C. at the Embassy […]


Choral alumna Tatiana Taylor takes faculty position in Oklahoma

May 4, 2018

Tatiana Taylor (DMA ’17), an alumna of the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has accepted a faculty position as Director of Choirs with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, beginning in the fall. She is in good company with Choral & Sacred Music alumnus Christopher Haygood (DMA ’13), Associate Director of Choral Studies at Oklahoma […]


Adan Fernandez studies the musicological and theological aspects of hymns

April 6, 2018

Adan Fernandez, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has recently presented at several conferences on the musicological and theological dimensions of religious hymns, including the Eureka Musical Minds Conference at CSU Fullerton, the Hymn Society Conference in Waterloo, Canada, and the American Academy of Religion Western Conference. Fernandez’ articles, […]


London Philharmonic Choir to perform Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”

February 12, 2018

On Monday, February 12th, the London Philharmonic Choir will perform “O Magnum Mysterium” by USC Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen (’66, MA’68, DMA’74) in a special concert at London’s Buckingham Palace. The concert, honoring Princess Alexandra, will feature performances by several ensembles to raise funds for families whose lives are affected by dementia. The Los […]


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