Choral & Sacred Music

Overview

Established by Charles C. Hirt in 1946, the Department of Choral and Sacred Music has long been an innovator and leader in the development of degree programs specifically designed for the choral conductor and religious affiliated musician. Graduates are given the opportunity to conduct choral groups of national prominence and hold positions as conductors and teachers throughout the world. The current faculty consists of talented specialists who lead regional choral and church ensembles, and also serve as clinicians and guest conductors around the world.

Departmental ensembles have achieved local, national and international recognition through performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and appearances at Divisional (2014, 2018) and National Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)(2005, 2015), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO)(2011, 2016), and the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)(2014). Recent tours have taken the ensembles to New Zealand & Australia, China & South Korea, Bulgaria, Spain, France, and this past summer (2018) to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

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  • USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir: Desenclos Requiem and Other Works for Choir and Organ

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir are joined by organist Weicheng Zhao, director of music at All Saints Episcopal Church, in a performance featuring the seldom heard Messe de Requiem by 20th Century French composer, Alfred Desenclos, and works for organ and choir by Maurice Durufle, Jonathan Dove, Marcel Dupre and Ēriks Ešenvalds.

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    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.… read more

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