2022 USC Choral Leadership Workshop

Saturday, October 22, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
USC University Park Campus

An opportunity for students to learn how to be better leaders in their choral ensemble by focusing on exceptional repertoire under the mentorship of an expert clinician.

Deadline to register: Friday, September 16, 2022


Choristers will participate in a festival choir of over two hundred other high school singers selected from around the Los Angeles area led by Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand. Singers will attend leadership sessions focusing on the individual singer’s role in the success of a choral ensemble.


Jason Max Ferdinand is the director of choral activities, professor, and chair of the music department at Oakwood University. He directs the Aeolians of Oakwood University and, as evidenced by noteworthy awards, has distinguished himself on the national and international choral stages. In 2017, he earned the Outstanding Director and Choir of the World awards at the Llangollen International Musical Festival, in Wales. In 2018, his choir won three gold medals at the 10th World Choir Games held in South Africa, and also won the competition’s overall championship in both the Spirituals and University Choir categories. He is a published composer with GIA publications, and is exhilarated about his new choral series with Walton Music. In 2018, he was named “Teacher of the Year” by Oakwood University. The Aeolians made their first appearance at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in 2019 and the term “they broke ACDA” was used to describe their outstanding presentation. Ferdinand holds non-terminal degrees from Oakwood University, Morgan State University, and a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Maryland.


Payment can be submitted by check to:

USC Department of Choral & Sacred Music
840 W. 34th Street, MUS 416
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0851

Checks should be made out to: “USC Department of Choral and Sacred Music”


Registration is OPEN NOW!

Fill out our Online Registration Form.

Email our Festival Coordinator, Ali Sandweiss Hodges at ashodges@usc.edu with any questions.

Deadline to register: Friday, September 16, 2022