USC Thornton Concert Choir

Offered through the Choral and Sacred Music Program, the USC Thornton Concert Choir consists of music majors and non-music majors from all around campus.


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Concert Choir repertoire includes music from all eras and styles, exploring the music and traditions of countries from around the world with a strong emphasis on the music of Latin America. The ensemble has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence in choral music with performances at regional, national, and international festivals.

Concert Choir’s notable film music collaborations led to the performance of works by distinguished film composers such as John Williams and Howard Shore; Beethoven’s Symphony #9; Bach’s Mass in B Minor; and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Appearances at Walt Disney Concert Hall include Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, and Britten’s War Requiem.

Ensemble Information

Concert Choir contains approximately 50 auditioned singers, conducted by faculty member Dr. Cristian Grases along with an Assistant Conductor.

Dr. Cristian Grases conducting in concert attire.


Concert Choir conductor Cristian Grases is a lauded conductor, composer, clinician, & pedagogue.

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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

Academic Details

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

Ensemble Performances

Concert Choir typically performs one solo concert every fall and spring semester, in addition to singing 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 Concert Choir, or join us on social media for @USCThornton content.