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 & Concert Choir: Radiant Dawn

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers & Concert Choir celebrate music exemplifying peace in the face of oppression and the transition between night and day. The concert features works from the classical repertoire of Mozart and Monteverdi to Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne as well as a collaborative commission by Stacey V. Gibbs and Shawn Kirchner. The Chamber Singers will present works highlighting issues of oppression and peaceful ways to combat it. In addition to works by Hildegard von Bingen, Salamone Rossi, Wolfram Buchenberg, and Ted Hearne, the program features a collaborative commission by composers Stacey V. Gibbs and Shawn Kirchner. Evoking the transition between night and day, the Concert Choir will focus on the poetry of dawn, performing music by Mozart and Monteverdi, American composers Daniel Elder and Eric Whitacre, Latin American composers Alberto Grau (Venezuela) and Aylton Escobar (Brazil), and one selection by the ensemble's conductor, Cristian Grases.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Apollo & Oriana Choirs: One World, One Family

    USC Thornton's Apollo and Oriana choirs join forces to celebrate music that traces our unique individual stories as part of diverse histories, families, and faiths.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • University Chorus: Aspects of Love

    The University Chorus explores the awe-inspiring nature of love through music celebrating faith, nature, and humanity.

    St. John's Episcopal Cathedral

  • Sounds of the Season: A Scholarship Gala

    Celebrate the holidays in style with our annual gala concert, featuring 250 singers and instrumentalists ringing in the season with carols and songs, in support of scholarships for USC Thornton's most talented students. An optional, pre-concert dinner at the USC University Club will take place at 5PM, before the gala concert, for an additional fee.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)


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    Composer Jaco Wong collaborates with animation artist

    October 15, 2018

    Composer and conductor Jaco Wong (MM ’16, Choral and Composition) was commissioned by animation artist Evan Tedlock to compose Psithaura, a ritualized experience inspiring reflection on our relationship to nature, for 16-part mixed chorus. The work was premiered in April, 2018, in an interactive installation exhibited at the USC Firehouse… read more

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