Choral and Sacred Music

2016 USC Choral Leadership Workshop


Saturday, October 15, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Choristers will participate in a festival choir of over two hundred other high school singers selected from around the Los Angeles area led by Dr. Lynne Gackle. Singers will attend leadership sessions focusing on the individual singer’s role in the success of a choral ensemble.


Lynne Gackle

Lynne Gackle is Professor of Ensembles and Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University (Waco, TX) where she conducts the Baylor Bella Voce (Select Women’s Ensemble) and the Baylor Concert Choir. Additionally, Lynne serves as the Director of the Ensemble Division for the Baylor School of Music. She is an active clinician, conductor and adjudicator for choral clinics, honor choirs, workshops and festivals throughout the United States and internationally.

Gackle has conducted All-State, Festival Choirs and Clinics in more than 30 states, several Divisional ACDA honor choirs and two ACDA national honor choirs. Her choirs have also performed at American Choral Directors Association state, divisional, and national conferences as well as at the Music Educators National Conference Biennial Convention (currently known as NAFME). Internationally, she conducted the Australian National Choral Association’s High School Women’s Choir in Brisbane, the Alberta Choral Federation’s High School Honour Choir in Calgary, the DoDDS-Europe Honors Music Festival Mixed Choir, (Wiesbaden, Germany), the Haydn Youth Festival in Vienna, the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) International Women’s Honor Choir in Beijing, China and will conduct the AMIS International Women’s Choir in Luxembourg in 2016.

Lynne has served as president of ACDA-Florida and the ACDA’s Southern Division. The Florida ACDA chapter awarded her the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for dedicated service, leadership, and excellence. She has also served in various R & S roles within ACDA, including National R & S chair for Children’s Choirs as well as Southern Division chair for Women’s Choirs. She currently serves as the Texas Choral Conductors Association Vice-President for Collegiate and Community Choirs. Most recently, she was elected to serve as the National President-Elect Designate of the American Choral Directors Association.

Dr. Gackle is the editor of Choral Artistry for the Singer with Walton Music/GIA and the Lynne Gackle Choral Series for Colla Voce Music, Inc. She has written several articles for the Choral Journal and contributed to the MENC publication, Music at the Middle Level: Building Strong Programs. Recognized both nationally and internationally for her research on the female adolescent voice, Lynne is the author of Finding Ophelia’s Voice, Opening Ophelia’s Heart: Nurturing the Adolescent Female Voice, published by Heritage Music Press. She was also a contributing author to the GIA publication, Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success and a Lead Author on the McGraw-Hill/Hal Leonard text, Voices in Concert. Dr. Gackle was also awarded Baylor’s Outstanding Faculty Award in Research in 2012. In 2013, she co-founded the Youth Chorus of Central Texas.

She is a member of ACDA, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and NATS. Gackle received the BME degree from Louisiana State University and the MM and Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.


Dr. Lynne Gackle has selected some fantastic repertoire for 2016 CLW, including:

  • “Quoniam” from Mass in D – Johann Adolfe Hasse
  • Ave Maria – Javier Busto
  • Flight Song – Kim Andre Arnesen
  • Let Everything that Hath Breath – Jeff Ames


  • Concert featuring USC Thornton Concert Choir
  • Director’s Lunch
    • Directors, chaperones and accompanists are invited to attend the workshop and observe all of the leadership sessions. In addition they will be provided a special lunch session with USC Thornton Choral and Sacred Music Faculty to allow for further discussion of leadership in the choral field.
  • Information session about USC degree programs & performance opportunities


USC Thornton faculty, Mary Scheibe, will present a hands on session focusing on strategies for group vocal production to help teachers achieve their ensemble goals.

Mary Scheibe teaches voice in the Choral and Sacred Music Department at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University where she also was a member of the voice faculty. Prior to her return to California, Scheibe taught classical and musical theater voice, voice classes, Singing for the Stage and The History of the American Musical Theater for fourteen years at the University of Miami. As a classical soloist, choral and studio singer and church musician, Scheibe’s focus is to help singers and choral conductors navigate the vocal demands expected from today’s musicians.


  • 8:00 AM – Registration
  • 9:00 AM – Welcome
  • 9:15 AM – Performance: USC Thornton Concert Choir
  • 9:45 AM – Rehearsal #1
  • 11:30 AM – Lunch
  • 12:15 PM – Sectionals
  • 12:15 PM – Director’s Talk with Mary Scheibe
  • 1:30 PM – Rehearsal #2
  • 3:05 PM – USC Information Session
  • 3:15 PM – Performance: Choral Leadership Workshop Chorus
  • 3:30 PM – Closing Remarks
  • 3:35 PM – USC Campus Tours


  • $40 each for students (includes lunch, t-shirt, pencil, and all music)
  • $20 each for directors/chaperone/accompanists (includes lunch and t-shirt)

Payment can be submitted by check to:
USC Department of Choral & Sacred Music
840 W. 34th Street, MUS 416
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0851


Fill out our Online Registration Form.

Deadline to register: Friday, September 16, 2016


Irene Apanovitch, Festival Coordinator:
USC Thornton School of Music: 213.821.5756