Annual Children’s Song Competition

The Thornton Outreach annual Children’s Song Competition accepts choir composition submissions in the Fall of each school year. A theme is chosen each year and USC students compete for a monetary prize and to have their composition performed by one of the Outreach choirs in the Spring at the “USC Neighborhood Children’s Choral Festival”. The opportunity to compose a piece for a children’s choir through the Outreach Program began in 2007 and continues to attract composers of all ages and backgrounds. The children performing the piece feel a sense of awe and reward in meeting the composer of the piece composed just for them.

Previous winning compositions include:

Seth Houston, Let Peace Begin With Me (2010)

Max Bryk, The Bear and the Bee (2011)

Eunice Chang, Little Dreamer (2013)

Chase Nicholson, There Is Hope (2014)


Thornton Outreach Program Ensemble Competition

The Thornton Outreach Program Ensemble Competition is a collaborative project with the Da Camera Society. Interested ensembles plan a fun assembly program engaging with young students through music. Each ensemble auditions for the chance to receive a residency at local schools for compensation. One to two ensembles are chosen and provided a 2-6 week residency paid through stipend to each musician.


For more information regarding competitions, please contact Kathleen Janert at or (213) 821- 5375.