Sing With Us

Any USC student or faculty can join a choir for credit or as an extracurricular activity. Regardless of your background or level of experience, we have a choir for you!

To join a choir, please click here. Do note that the USC Thornton Chamber Singers or Concert Choir are auditioned ensembles and would require a callback. You can get to our callbacks through a voice placement. You can also email us for any questions at

Voice Placements for choirs are quick (10 minutes) and simple. A conductor will help guide you through a simple process and discuss any previous singing experience you may have. You don’t need to prepare anything!

From the chair

Photo of Tram Sparks

As Chair of the Choral & Sacred Music department, I am excited about cultivating a dynamic exchange of artistic, intellectual and cultural ideas in our community of choral music lovers. It’s my hope that our courses, departmental concerts, degree recitals, regional choral festivals and projects increasingly reflect our commitment to creating a space where all voices are heard. I have also found many Thornton faculty and students to be globally attuned artists who recognize the power of music to speak to shared human concerns. I am committed to supporting this passion for music as life-affirming!

The Choral & Sacred Music Department anticipates another robust year of activity as we welcome new and returning undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Our students represent the lived experiences of diverse communities in the United States and globally. Together, through each unique perspective and voice, we explore the beauty of choral multiplicity where every voice belongs. Join us in choral song!


Sing on!
Tram Sparks, D.M.A

Our Ensembles

Chamber Singers

Rehearses Monday & Wednesday, 2:00-3:50PM

​​The USC Thornton Chamber Singers is an auditioned, highly selective, mixed-voice ensemble conducted by Dr. Tram Sparks. This choir has performed around the world and is considered to be the premier ensemble, requiring a yearlong commitment.

Concert Choir

Rehearses Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00-3:50PM

The USC Thornton Concert Choir is a fully auditioned, mixed chorus representing a wide range of majors and musical backgrounds. Under the direction of Dr. Cristian Grases, the group explores classical and global repertoire from the Renaissance through the 21st century.

Apollo Chorus

Rehearses Monday & Wednesday, 4:00-5:50PM

The members of Apollo Chorus are a diverse group ranging from freshman to graduate students to faculty and staff who enjoy camaraderie and striving for excellence in performance of music from classical to contemporary a cappella bass-clef music.

Oriana Choir

Rehearses Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00-5:50PM

The USC Thornton Oriana Choir is a non-auditioned treble choir in which all USC soprano and alto singers – students, faculty, and staff – explore a wide range of choral music. Performances include early and modern choral music from around the world. 

University Chorus

Rehearses Wednesday, 7:00-8:50PM

The University Chorus is USC’s large, non-auditioned choir that offers singers an opportunity to perform quality choral music without a large time commitment. The ensemble usually contains anywhere from 70-120 singers and features a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels, as it is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and community members alike.

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