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 and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Requiem

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers join forces with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jamie Martín, for an intimate weekend of performances of Mozart's timeless Requiem. Featured soloists include Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; and Dashon Burton, bass- baritone.

    Alex Theater

  • USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Requiem

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers join forces with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jamie Martín, for an intimate weekend of performances of Mozart's timeless Requiem. Featured soloists include Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; and Dashon Burton, bass- baritone.

    Royce Hall


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    Dale Trumbore

    LA Master Chorale performs Dale Trumbore’s composition

    April 2, 2019

    The Los Angeles Master Chorale performed USC Thornton alumna Dale Trumbore’s (MM ‘11) composition “How to Go On” on March 17 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Trumbore was also recently profiled in National Sawdust, where she discusses how she can easily switch from composing to writing in other mediums.… read more

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