Choral and Sacred Music News

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 […]


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 […]


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