Choral & Sacred Music

2019 USC Choral Leadership Workshop

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00AM – 4:00PM
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
USC University Park Campus

An opportunity for students to learn how to be better leaders in their choral ensemble by focusing on exceptional repertoire under the mentorship of an expert clinician.


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. Jerry Blackstone. Singers will attend leadership sessions focusing on the individual singer’s role in the success of a choral ensemble.


Jerry BlackstoneGRAMMY Award winner Jerry Blackstone is a leading conductor and highly respected conducting pedagogue. Now an emeritus professor of conducting, he served on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for 30 years where, as director of choirs, he led the graduate program in choral conducting and oversaw the University’s eleven choirs. In February 2006, he received two GRAMMY Awards (“Best Choral Performance” and “Best Classical Album”) as chorusmaster for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. The Naxos recording of Milhaud’s monumental L’Orestie d’Eschyle, on which Blackstone served as chorusmaster, was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY Award (“Best Opera Recording”). Opera Magazine reviewer Tim Ashley wrote: “the real stars, though, are the University of Michigan’s multiple Choirs, who are faced with what must be some of the most taxing choral writing in the entire operatic repertory. Their singing has tremendous authority and beauty, while the shouts and screams of Choéphores are unnerving in the extreme. Their diction is good too: the occasions when we don’t hear the words are Milhaud’s responsibility, rather than theirs. It’s an extraordinary achievement, and utterly mesmerizing.”


  • Petite et accipietis, ed. Martin Banner– Michael Haydn
  • Der gang zum Liebchen – Johannes Brahms
  • Ain’t-a That Good News – Stacey V. Gibbs
  • You Will Be Found, from Dear Evan Hansen – Pasek & Paul, arr. Mac Huff


  • Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers
  • Rehearsals, sectionals, workshops
  • 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


  • 8:00 AM – Registration
  • 9:00 AM – Welcome
  • 9:10 AM – Performance: USC Thornton Chamber Singers
  • 9:30 AM – Rehearsal #1
  • 11:30 AM – Lunch
  • 12:15 PM – Sectionals
  • 12:15 PM – Director’s Talk with Lynn Helding
  • 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


Registration is OPEN NOW!
Fill out our Online Registration Form.

Email our Festival Coordinator, Daniel Strychacz, at with any questions.

Deadline to register: Friday, September 20, 2019