Posts Tagged ‘Choral and Sacred Music’


USC Thornton alumni and faculty win at 2022 GRAMMY Awards

April 4, 2022

Faculty member Vince Mendoza and alums Grant Gershon, Robert Istad, and Carlos Rafael Rivera are among those who won awards.


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A Golden Opportunity

March 24, 2022

April’s live events at USC Thornton start off with a bang when GRAMMY Award-winning jazz group Yellowjackets performs with USC Thornton Winds on April 1.


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Making Music and Reconnecting

March 21, 2022

The USC Thornton Department of Choral & Sacred Music returned to the ACDA Western Division Convention with a strong showing from students, faculty and alumni.


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Women in Music

March 16, 2022

In recognition of Women’s History Month, USC Thornton honors the talents, accomplishments and experiences of its female students, alumni, faculty and staff.


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Jenny Wong codirects the LA Master Chorale in a program of works by Dale Trumbore, Saunder Choi and Zanaida Robles

January 28, 2022

USC Thornton Department of Choral & Sacred Music alum Jenny Wong (MM ‘13, DMA ‘17) will be co-directing the Los Angeles Master Chorale on Jan. 30. in City Called Heaven. The program, which takes its name from the famous African American spiritual, will explore themes of homecoming and aspiring toward paradise. It will feature works… Continue reading Jenny Wong codirects the LA Master Chorale in a program of works by Dale Trumbore, Saunder Choi and Zanaida Robles


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Building the Next Generation of Leaders in the Arts

January 19, 2022

The Arts Leadership master’s degree is a customized experience aimed to help students realize their dreams.


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Jenny Wong conducts a composition by Nina Shekhar with the LA Phil New Music Group

January 6, 2022

USC Thornton composition alum Nina Shekhar’s (MM ’20) work “Dear Abby” will be performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall Jan. 11 as part of a program highlighting women’s voices and storytelling. Thornton Choral & Sacred Music Department alum Jenny Wong (MM ‘13, DMA ’17) conducts the piece, which examines the impact of enforcing narrow gender… Continue reading Jenny Wong conducts a composition by Nina Shekhar with the LA Phil New Music Group


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Thornton students and alumnus accepted into Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Choral Conductors’ Symposium

January 5, 2022

Marcus Desir and Ann Chen, USC Thornton master’s students in choral & sacred music, and Sarah Maria Leung (’15), a Thornton choral & sacred music alumnus, were recently accepted into the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Choral Conductors’ Symposium. Each year, the program selects five emerging conductors to come to Toronto to study with Jean-Sébastien Vallée, the… Continue reading Thornton students and alumnus accepted into Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Choral Conductors’ Symposium


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A More Affirming Experience

December 15, 2021

The USC Thornton Department of Choral and Sacred Music offers gender-inclusive performance attire for all student ensembles.


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Thornton musicians bring holiday cheer to concerts across L.A. area

December 15, 2021

Thornton faculty, alumni and students are bringing the holiday cheer to Los Angeles County this month and next through a multitude of holiday concerts. The USC Thornton Department of Choral and Sacred Music presents its annual Winter Gala, a special livestreamed event, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. The New Hollywood String Quartet, featuring Thornton Strings… Continue reading Thornton musicians bring holiday cheer to concerts across L.A. area