Choral and Sacred Music

Choral & Sacred Music

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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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Thornton artists awarded San Francisco Classical Voice Audience Choice Awards

September 17, 2020

Multiple USC Thornton artists and alumni-founded ensembles were awarded San Francisco Classical Voice’s Audience Choice Awards for the 2019-2020 season. This year was the first-ever Audience Choice Awards with a category dedicated to celebrating the vibrant classical music scene in Los Angeles. HOCKET, the piano duo of alumni Sarah Gibson… read more

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