USC Thornton University Chorus

University Chorus is USC’s large, non-auditioned choir that offers singers from a broad range of musical experience an opportunity to perform a diverse repertoire of choral music.


University Chorus features a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels that welcome undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and community members alike.

The repertoire often includes choral “classics” such as excerpts from choral-orchestral masterworks. However, the chorus is not limited by any particular time period or style when choosing repertoire. It presents a diversity of music that features both historical and contemporary selections of varying lengths and difficulties.

Ensemble Information

University Chorus membership ranges from 50-100 singers from year to year. The ensemble is advised by faculty member Dr. Tram Sparks and conducted by a team of graduate students.

Headshot of Dr. Tram Sparks.


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

Student leans against a wall in concert attire.

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

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

Ensemble Performances

University Chorus typically performs one solo concert every fall and spring semester, in addition to joining the entire choral department at the annual Winter Gala.

Two USC Thornton choral students conversing outdoors.

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 University Chorus, or join us on social media for @USCThornton content.