Apollo Chorus

The USC Thornton Apollo Chorus performs repertoire traditionally associated with tenor and bass choirs ranging from choral masterworks to contemporary works from around the world.

Choral and Sacred Music students perform at USC.


The USC Apollo Chorus is a non-auditioned choir open to all students of the university, regardless of major. It performs the repertoire traditionally associated with tenor/bass ensembles: both choral masterworks and contemporary gems.

The Apollo Chorus creates an artistic community of excellence, supportive relationships and enjoyable learning and performing opportunities. No prior experience required.

Ensemble Information

Apollo Chorus membership is approximately 40 auditioned singers. The ensemble is advised by faculty member Dr. Tram Sparks and conducted by a team of graduate students.

Headshot of Dr. Tram Sparks.


Apollo advisor Tram Sparks is Chair and Associate Professor of Practice at the School of Music.

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Teaching Assistants

The following graduate teaching assistants are currently aiding choral ensembles at USC Thornton.


Mike Raleigh, Apollo Chorus

Collin Boothby, Chamber Singers

Connor Scott, Chamber Singers

Duncan Tuomi, Choral & Sacred Music

Han-Ah Park, Choral & Sacred Music

Shijia Ye, Concert Choir

Ali Sandweiss Hodges, Oriana Choir

Ann Chen, University Chorus

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Academic Details

Apollo is offered at USC Thornton through the Choral and Sacred Music Program.

Ensemble Performances

In a typical year, Apollo Chorus performs one concert per semester in the Alfred Newman Recital Hall, in addition to joining the entire choral department at the annual Winter Gala. 

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Stay Connected

Contact the Choral & Sacred Music department by emailing uschoral@usc.edu.

Visit our season’s calendar of events for upcoming performances at the School of Music, including Apollo, or join us on social media for @USCThornton content.