Events for Choral and Sacred Music

USC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir: Soundscapes II

The USC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir present a varied program, featuring classics of the choral repertoire as well as new and innovative works. In preparation for an upcoming tour to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, the Chamber Singers will present works by Baltic composers Marian Borkowski, Peteris Vasks, Veljo Tormis, and others. The Concert Choir, gearing up for a performance at the Western Division ACDA conference March 14–17 in Pasadena, will perform works by Thomas Tomkins, Norman Dello Joio, Daniel Elder, Jules Massenet, and Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen.

Pacific Southwest Intercollegiate Choral Association Festival Concert

The USC Thornton Department of Choral and Sacred Music hosts the 89th Annual Pacific Southern Intercollegiate Choral Association (PSICA) Festival, featuring nearly 400 singers from ten PSICA member schools and world-renowned guest clinician, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. Each choir performs a brief program showcasing their ensemble as the other ensembles cheer them on and Dr. Stroope provides constructive feedback. This concert is free and open to the public.

Choral Conducting Masterclass with Z. Randall Stroope

World-renowned choral conductor and composer Z. Randall Stroope leads a masterclass with graduate choral conducting students.

Choral Literature Lecture with Z. Randall Stroope

Z. Randall Stroope, director of choral and vocal studies at Oklahoma State University, presents a lecture in graduate choral literature on the music of Nadia and Lili Boulanger. The lecture will take place in room 319 on the 3rd floor of the MUS building.

USC Thornton Symphony and Choral Artists present Beethoven's 9th

The USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Choral Artists join forces to perform one of the great Classical masterworks, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Completed in 1824, Beethoven’s final published symphony features the largest orchestra ever assembled by the composer and the now-iconic final movement, with a full chorus singing “Ode to Joy”—a fitting title for such a revelatory piece of music. Maestro Carl St.Clair, artistic leader of the USC Thornton Orchestra Program, will conduct the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and the USC Thornton Concert Choir as they perform one of the most beloved symphonies ever written. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: the Arts & Humanities Initiative

Music@RushHour: Apollo & Oriana, Glory and Glee

The Apollo Men's Chorus and Oriana Women's Choir join forces for a concert ranging from the glorious to the gleeful, including works by Connor Koppin and Zachary J. Moore, a premiere by Emma Lou Diemer, and Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, featuring student soprano Stephanie Jones as soloist. Relax and skip the traffic with a free concert of music by USC Thornton students, followed by complimentary refreshments.

Considering Matthew Shepard: A Chamber Music Performance

Composer Craig Hella Johnson leads the USC Thornton Chamber Singers in his oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard, the story of a young man who was beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die because he was gay. The 1998 murder of Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard brought international attention to hate-crimes perpetrated against the LGBTQ community. Shepard’s life and legacy are remembered in Considering Matthew Shepard, the new passion/oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson, one of today’s most influential choral composers. This exquisite and moving chamber work, performed by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, soloists, and instrumentalists, reminds us that we must embrace differences and disrupt violence. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the composer and representatives of the USC Office of Religious Life and the LGBTQ community. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

University Chorus: The Spirit Says Sing

The University Chorus presents a multi-faith program featuring Schubert's Mass in G and Britten's Te Deum in C along with works by Louis Lewandowski, Dmytro Bortniansky, and the winners of the annual University Chorus composition contest.

Apollo Chorus & Oriana Choir: Vivace - Sing with Us!

The Apollo Chorus and Oriana Choir join forces for a concert ranging from the glorious to the gleeful, including works by Connor Koppin and Zachary J. Moore, a premiere by Emma Lou Diemer, and Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, featuring student soprano Stephanie Jones as soloist.

The Pacific Symphony presents Beethoven's 9th

The USC Thornton Choral Artists team with the Pacific Symphony, under the direction of Carl St. Clair, for an exciting performance of Beethoven’s immortal Ninth Symphony at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Orange County. Experience the thrill of Ludwig van Beethoven’s final symphonic work, culminating in his stirring and memorable setting of Schiller’s An die Freude.