Choral & Sacred Music

Notable Choral and Sacred Music Alumni

  • John Lilley

    DMA ’71, church music

    President (retired), Baylor University
  • Royce Saltzman

    DMA ’64, church music

    Founder, Oregon Bach Festival
    Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon

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    Jerry Blackstone

    DMA ’86, choral music

    Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan
  • William Dehning

    MA ’67, DMA ’71, choral music

    Chair Emeritus, USC Thornton Department of Choral Music (deceased)
  • William Hall

    MA ’59, DMA ’69, choral music

    Founder, The William Hall Chorale
    Professor Emeritus, Chapman University School of Music
  • Charles Hirt

    MA '46

    Founder USC Thornton Department of Choral Music (deceased)
  • Lesley Leighton

    MM ’91, vocal arts, DMA ’12, choral music

    Conductor, Los Robles Master Chorale
    Director of Choral Activities, California State University
  • Jo-Michael Scheibe

    DMA ’85, choral music

    Professor and Conductor of the USC Thornton Chamber Singers
  • Ronald Staheli

    MA ’73

    Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University
  • Nick Strimple

    MA ’73, DMA ’76, choral music (Choral Conducting/Composer/Author)

    USC Thornton Professor of Practice of Choral Music
  • James Vail

    ’56, DMA ’60, church music

    Chair Emeritus, USC Thornton Department of Choral Music
  • Dale Warland

    PhD ’65

    Conductor Emeritus, Dale Warland Singers
  • Mack Wilberg

    MM ’81, DMA ’85, choral music

    Conductor, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square
  • Robert Young

    MA ’59 (Choral Conducting/Composer

    Chair Emeritus, Department of Church Music, Baylor University (deceased)
  • Leo Nestor

    MM ’75, DMA ’79, choral music

    Professor Emeritus, The Catholic University of America (deceased)
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    Thomas Somerville

    DMA '72, Church Music

    Professor Emeritus, Occidental College
    Minister of Music Emeritus, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (deceased)
  • Grant Gershon photoraphed against blank backdrop

    Grant Gershon

    MM ’85, Piano

    Artistic Director, Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • Jenny Wong pictured outdoors smiling to the camera

    Jenny Wong

    MM ’13, Choral Music; DMA ‘17

    Associate Conductor, Los Angeles Master Chorale