Choral and Sacred Music News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

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 […]


Harmonia, a new student-run vocal ensemble, debuts Saturday

January 31, 2018

Harmonia, a student-run vocal ensemble founded last October, will debut this Saturday, February 3rd, in a concert at the USC Caruso Catholic Center. The 4:00 pm concert, titled “Rooted,” will feature rarely-heard choral works by J. des Prez, Vaughan Williams, and more. The group is made up of both USC Thornton and non-music majors including […]


Jenny Wong reviewed in Scene and Heard International

January 8, 2018

Music writer Douglas Dutton recently reviewed the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s December 10th performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall for the website Seen and Heard International. The concert marked the debut of USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music DMA candidate Jenny Wong (MM ’13, choral) in the role of associate conductor, leading the ensemble in […]


Jenny Wong debuts as associate conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale

December 12, 2017

Jenny Wong (MM ’13, choral), a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, made her public debut as associate conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale on December 10th, leading the ensemble in J.S. Bach’s six motets at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Wong notably conducted the program from memory, adding cellos […]


Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” featured in advent calendar

December 7, 2017

O Magnum Mysterium, a beloved choral work by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen (’66, MA’68, DMA’74), has been selected as one of 24 works featured in the ORA ensemble’s digital advent calendar. The Los Angeles Master Chorale commissioned Lauridsen’s piece in 1994, which helped to launch the acclaimed composer’s international career. ORA […]


Ethan Sperry named Endowed Professor at Portland State University

September 29, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music alumnus Ethan Sperry (MM ’98, DMA ’00, choral music) has been named an endowed professor at Portland State University (PSU). He is the first to receive the professorship position, formally titled the “Barre Stoll Director of Choral Activities.” Under his direction, the university’s choirs have won multiple awards and […]


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