Choral and Sacred Music

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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Upcoming events

  • Choral Conducting Masterclass with Rod Eichenberger

    Rod Eichenberger presents a choral conducting masterclass to the students of USC Thornton. A professor emeritus at Florida State University and former USC Thornton faculty member, Eichenberger has conducted 80 US All-State Choirs and guest-conducted or lectured at more than 85 US, Australian and New Zealand Universities.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Choral Development Lecture: Rhythmic Function in Music

    Rod Eichenberger presents a choral music lecture on rhythmic function in music. A professor emeritus at Florida State University and former USC Thornton faculty member, Eichenberger has conducted 80 US All-State Choirs and guest-conducted or lectured at more than 85 US, Australian and New Zealand Universities. Location: MUS 319

    Raubenheimer Music Faculty Building (MUS)

  • Choral Conducting Masterclass with Rod Eichenberger

    Rod Eichenberger presents a choral conducting masterclass to the students of USC Thornton. A professor emeritus at Florida State University and former USC Thornton faculty member, Eichenberger has conducted 80 US All-State Choirs and guest-conducted or lectured at more than 85 US, Australian and New Zealand Universities.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Choral Conducting Masterclass with Jerry Blackstone

    GRAMMY award-winning choral conductor Jerry Blackstone presents a masterclass for choral conducting students. A highly respected conducting pedagogue, Blackstone is an emeritus professor at the University of Michigan where he led the graduate program in choral conducting and oversaw the University’s eleven choral ensembles as director of choirs for thirty years.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Choral Lecture with Jerry Blackstone: Exploring Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

    GRAMMY award-winning choral conductor Jerry Blackstone presents a lecture exploring Bach's masterpiece St. Matthew's Passion. A highly respected conducting pedagogue, Blackstone is an emeritus professor at the University of Michigan where he led the graduate program in choral conducting and oversaw the University’s eleven choral ensembles as director of choirs for thirty years.

    Raubenheimer Music Faculty Building (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir: From the Heart

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir explore repertoire that describes human emotions–from despair and fear to ecstasy and love–featuring the world premiere of two commissioned movements by Connor Koppin on the texts of Brian Newhouse, I Call Your Name, in memory of Dominic Gregorio. The Chamber Singers will perform works by Saunder Choi, Craig Hella Johnson, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Halsey Stevens, and William Dawson. The Concert Choir showcases repertoire by composers such as Einojuhani Rautavaara, Vic Nees, Richard Strauss, and Lili Boulanger, among others.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Choral Music Lecture with VOCES8

    The Christine Ofiesh Lecture Series in Choral Music presents a lecture with VOCES8, a renowned British a cappella octet. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the VOCES8's performance and education ethos. The group's touring highlights of the season include concerts throughout the UK and Europe, across USA and Japan, and debut visits to Australia and Lithuania.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Chamber Singers and VOCES8

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers and renowned British vocal ensemble, VOCES8, collaborate on an evening performance that celebrates the joy of singing. Touring globally, VOCES8 performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the VOCES8's performance and education ethos. The group's touring highlights of the season include concerts throughout the UK and Europe, across USA and Japan, and debut visits to Australia and Lithuania.

    St Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

  • Apollo & Oriana Chiors: Everyone Sing!

    USC Thornton's Apollo & Oriana choirs join forces to celebrate music as the way humans around the world express and share their identity. Through folk music, people reassess and strengthen their connections and communicate their history and culture. The Apollo Chorus and Oriana Choir celebrate this diversity with a concert of folk songs from around the globe.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC University Chorus: Autumn Leaves

    The USC University Chorus celebrates autumn in all its glory, from the Reformation and falling leaves to the World Series and Thanksgiving.

    St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 514 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

  • 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 5:00 PM, before the gala concert, for an additional fee.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)


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    Yewon Lee appointed Music Director of San Diego Festival Chorus

    August 15, 2019

    Emerging conductor Yewon Lee will take the lead at the San Diego Festival Chorus as the newly appointed Music Director. Lee, a who is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Music at USC Thornton, has garnered recognition for her work with the Baldwin Wallace Opera Theater and the… read more

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