Choral and Sacred Music

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Established by Charles C. Hirt in 1946, the Choral Music department has long been an innovator and leader in the development of degree programs specifically designed for the choral conductor and the church musician. Graduates 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 and appearances at Divisional and National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). Recognitions have included two Grand Prizes in international choral competitions in Bulgaria, Spain, and France.

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  • Chamber Singers: Prayers and Intercessions

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers present a program of "Prayers and Intercessions" including Debussy's Trois Chansons and Christina Whitten Thomas' Choral de Betes. The concert features the American premiere of Johann Naumann's Psalm 149, which marks the culmination of a scholarly and artistic collaboration between the Choral & Sacred Music Department, the USC Music Library and its director, Andrew Justice, and the Moravian Archives in Herrnhut, Germany.

    St. John's Episcopal Cathedral


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    Doctoral student Scott Rieker leads Torrance Civic Chorale

    April 20, 2017

    Scott Rieker, a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, was recently named Artistic Director of the Torrance Civic Chorale. The fourth Artistic Director in the ensemble’s 56-year history, Rieker looks forward to “finding new levels of artistic, beautiful, healthy singing that will appeal to the… read more

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