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 and National Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). Recent tours have taken the ensembles to New Zealand, Australia, China, South Korea, Bulgaria, Spain, France, and this coming year to Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia.

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  • USC Thornton Chamber Singers & Concert Choir: Soundscapes

    The USC Thornton Concert Choir celebrates the life of prolific Cuban composer Electo Silva, while the Chamber Singers team with USC's Polish Music Center to present works by composers Roxanna Panufnik and Paweł Lukaszewski, among others. In the first half of the program, the Concert Choir will showcase works by Silva, along with composers from Venezuela, Brazil, and Cuba. The Chamber Singers round out the concert with works by Panufnik, Lukaszewski, Craig Hella Johnson, and Morten Lauridsen, in association with the USC Polish Music Center.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Apollo Men's Chorus & Oriana Women's Choir: Listen!

    The USC Thornton Oriana Women’s Choir and Apollo Men’s Chorus call for the audience to “Listen!,” in a wide-ranging program featuring the music of Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Paul Rardin, David Dickau, and more.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • University Chorus: Revolutionary Road

    Join the USC Thornton University Chorus and narrator Brian Lauritzen of KUSC on a journey through America’s rich history of choral music including selections from the California Missions, The Sacred Harp, American spirituals, music of the Civil War, jazz standards, and the Great American Songbook.

    St. John's Episcopal Cathedral

  • Winter Gala: Brightest and Best

    Celebrate the holidays in elegant style with the annual Brightest & Best winter gala, a scholarship fundraiser that provides substantial support for USC Thornton students. The event will feature 250 singers and instrumentalists ringing in the season with carols and songs in an evening of pageantry for the entire community to enjoy. For ticket information about this scholarship fundraiser, call (213) 740-6474, or visit music.usc.edu/wintergala

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Beethoven’s 9th: The USC Thornton Symphony & USC Thornton Choral Artists

    The USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Choral Artists join forces to perform one of the great masterworks of late Classical music, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. Completed in 1824, Beethoven’s final published symphony features the largest orchestra ever assembled by the composer and the now-iconic final movement, with a full chorus singing “Ode to Joy”—a fitting title for such a revelatory piece of music. Maestro Carl St.Clair, artistic leader of the USC Thornton Orchestra Program, will conduct the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and the USC Thornton Concert Choir as they perform one of the most beloved symphonies ever written. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Considering Matthew Shepard: A Chamber Music Performance

    The life and legacy of Matthew Shepard—a college student was beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die in a Wyoming field because he was gay—are remembered in Considering Matthew Shepard, the new passion/oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson, one of today’s most influential voices in choral music. This exquisite and moving chamber work, performed by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, soloists, and instrumentalists, reminds us that we must embrace differences and disrupt violence. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the composer and representatives of the USC Office of Religious Life and the LGBTQ community. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)


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    Jo-Michael Scheibe conducts South Korean choral ensemble

    September 13, 2017

    Jo-Michael Scheibe (DMA ‘85), chair of the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, recently completed a week-long residency conducting the Pohang City Choir in Pohang, South Korea. Scheibe is the first non-Korean conductor of the ensemble since its founding 40 years ago. The Pohang City Choir is a 45-member… read more

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