MM Choral and Sacred Music Program Page

Welcome to the Thornton School of Music and the Choral and Sacred Music department! Along with information to help you get settled in the School of Music, this page contains information about your degree requirements, advisement meeting, and registration.

Department Chair

Dr. Tram Sparks

Department Coordinator

Woody Gatewood
MUS 416 – 213-821-5756

Academic Advisor

Daniel Andrade
TMC 200 – 213-740-4721

Requirements List

Familiarize yourself with your degree requirements, which includes non-course requirements. You will refer to this list each semester as you prepare for your advisement meeting with your advisor.

MM in Choral Music Curriculum Requirements

Sample Course Plan

The following two-year course plan is a sample/recommended plan to complete your degree in two years. Your actual plan may differ.

MM Choral Music 2-year plan

Music Graduate Entrance Exams (MGEEs)

Carefully read through the details and policies of the Music Graduate Entrance Exams on the MGEE website. Be sure to refer to the MGEE chart on the website to determine which exams are required for your major.

Advisement Meeting

Your academic advisor, Daniel Andrade, will be emailing you on August 1 at your USC email account with information for an advisement meeting on Zoom. You must attend an advisement meeting in order to register for your classes in the coming semester. If you do not meet with your advisor, then you will not have the necessary departmental clearances (D-clearances) to register for your classes.

Please be sure to have access to your myUSC portal during the advisement meeting so that you are able to use Web Registration.


You will be able to register for your classes in the coming semester during and immediately following your advisement meeting as long as you do not have a hold on your account and are able to log into Web Registration.