Choral and Sacred Music

Choral & Sacred Music


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, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

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Group photo of Tonality outside Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. Studios - Burbank, CA

Thornton alums sing on the soundtrack to “Space Jam: A New Legacy”

July 21, 2021

Tonality, the celebrated Los Angeles-based vocal ensemble founded by Choral & Sacred Music alum Alexander Lloyd Blake (DMA ‘19), can be heard in the motion picture soundtrack for the Warner Bros. film “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” Several Thornton alums added their voices to the chorus, including Adam Faruqi (BM… read more

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