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.

    All Saints Episcopal Church

  • Apollo & Oriana Choirs: Open Your Heart and Sing

    The Apollo & Oriana Choirs celebrate the joy of singing with an eclectic mix of both contemporary and classical music that includes Schubert’s Trinklied and Widerspruch and a world premiere by associate conductor Daniel Gee.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC University Chorus: Colors of the World

    The USC University Chorus presents diverse choral works, featuring sonic colors from around the world. This concert will include compositions from Asia, Europe, Africa, and America.

    St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral

  • USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Requiem

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers join forces with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jamie Martín, for an intimate weekend of performances of Mozart's timeless Requiem. Featured soloists include Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; and Dashon Burton, bass- baritone.

    Alex Theater

  • USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Requiem

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers join forces with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jamie Martín, for an intimate weekend of performances of Mozart's timeless Requiem. Featured soloists include Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; and Dashon Burton, bass- baritone.

    Royce Hall


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