Choral and Sacred Music News from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Troy Quinn (DMA ’13) named featured conductor for Juneau Symphony’s Guest Conductor Concert Series

November 7, 2014

USC Thornton Choral and Sacred Music Program alumnus Troy Quinn (DMA ’13) was named the first featured conductor in the Juneau Symphony’s 2014-15 Guest Conductor Concert Series beginning this November. Lauded for his “energetic and riveting yet sensitive conducting,” Quinn’s program will feature the rare heard William Walton Suite from the 1944 Laurence Olivier film, Henry […]


Morten Lauridsen honored at “Shining Night Festival” in Toronto

October 29, 2014

USC Distinguished Professor of Composition and USC Thornton School of Music alumnus Morten Lauridsen was the subject of a recent day-long festival held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada. The Shining Night Festival, which took place on October 25, included a gala concert, a screening of the 2012 Lauridsen documentary Shining Night, and a one-on-one conversation with […]


USC Thornton Chamber Singers featured on Chinese State Television

October 15, 2014

The USC Thornton Chamber Singers, one of the longest-running performance ensembles at the USC Thornton School of Music, was featured on Chinese State Television as a part of their trip to the 12th China International Choral Festival in Bejing during Summer 2014. In addition to being inclued in video coverage of the event, available to […]


Royce Saltzman (DMA, ’64) to receive Robert Shaw Award at 2015 American Choral Directors Association National Conference

September 30, 2014

Royce Saltzman (DMA, ’64) will receive the Robert Shaw Award at the 2015 American Choral Directors Association National Conference. The annual award is given to a choral leader who has made exceptional contributions to the art of choral music, and is the most significant award to be given to any conductor in the profession. Saltzman […]


Lauren Buckley-Schaer (DMA, ’13) named Interim Director of the University of California, Irvine Chamber Singers

September 24, 2014

Lauren Buckley-Schaer (DMA, ’13) was recently named the Interim Director of the University of California, Irvine Chamber Singers. She also currently serves as artistic director of the Hollywood Master Chorale. Previously, she was conductor of the Ebell Chorale and the assistant conductor of the Pasadena Master Chorale. The University of California, Irvine choirs have taken twenty-five international […]


John Russell (DMA,’ 13) named artistic director of San Diego Master Chorale

September 18, 2014

John Russell (DMA,’ 13) was named artistic director of the San Diego Master Chorale. Russell previously worked as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at California State University, San Bernardino. While at CSUSB, he taught applied voice, as well as courses in choral conducting, choral literature and music education. Russell is also […]


Kate Belshé (MM, ’13) appointed conductor of Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir

September 16, 2014

USC Thornton Choral and Sacred Music alumna Kate Belshé (MM, ’13) was appointed conductor of the Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir in Israel. The choir sings a varied repertoire of classical liturgical and secular music from the Renaissance to the present, including Israeli and Jewish music and arrangements of songs from around the world. The choir performs regularly […]


USC Thornton Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen honored at Bay Area choir festival

September 15, 2014

USC Thornton Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen was the guest of honor at this May’s “Morten Lauridsen Festival” in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event was held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Valley Concert Chorale. The 2007 National Medal of Arts recipient hosted workshops for local high school and college choirs, as well as for […]


Matthew Nielsen awarded Barlow Endowment Foundation commission

September 11, 2014

Current USC Thornton DMA student in Choral Music, Matthew Nielsen (DMA ’16), was awarded a Barlow Endowment Foundation commission to craft new work that will premiere in 2016 as a part of the Endowment’s performing consortium. Nielsen, who is currently studying under the tutelage of USC Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen, was selected from […]


Kym Scott (DMA, ’15) appointed Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at WVU

September 9, 2014

Current USC Thornton Choral Music student Kym Scott (DMA, ’15) was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. She begins the position in Fall 2014. Scott also served as a presenter at the 10th Annual World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea this past summer.


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