Thornton, Tony

Active as a conductor, teacher, author, and clinician, Tony Thornton received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Voice from Westminster Choir College, his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Historical Musicology from the University of Arizona. He has studied conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt, Kenneth Fulton, Frauke Haasemann, Margaret Hillis, Bruce Chamberlain, Donald Neuen, and Constantina Tsolainou.

As a guest conductor and clinician on the national and international choral scene, Dr. Thornton has worked with over 150 women?s, men?s, and mixed choruses in public schools, colleges, churches, community and professional organizations. He has held teaching positions at California State University?Los Angeles, Los Angeles City College, and Pomona College. Thornton was the Artistic Director of Los Angeles Choral Artists from 2003-09 and the Tucson Masterworks Chorale from 2006-08. He sang for seven years as a member of the Grammy Award-winning Robert Shaw Festival Singers.

Dr. Thornton is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he conducts the Chamber Singers and University Chorale, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and choral literature. He is author of The Choral Singer?s Survival Guide, General Editor of the Julius Herford Collection (forthcoming), and he maintains a choral series in his name at Colla Voce Music. Thornton also serves as a Summer Session and Saturday Seminar faculty member at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.


The Joy of Choral Singing - Music Education,Sacred Music

Bring your local choral community together in fellowship and song for a day-long or weekend retreat with Tony Thornton, author of The Choral Singer’s Survival Guide. This fun and inspiring event will offer practical instruction and tips to dramatically improve each singer’s tone, musicianship, and rehearsal and performance skills.

Contact us now to schedule this incredible event in your area.

Choral Pedagogy in the Music Classroom - Music Education

Choral Pedagogy in the Music Classroom was first presented to teachers within the Los Angeles Unified School District as part of The Choral Project. This series of workshops and masterclasses empowered teachers with cutting-edge rehearsal techniques and inspired students toward greater artistry in their music-making. The workshop may be tailored to the needs of your school, either as a day-long teacher in-service or on-going to include the masterclass series and festival chorus performance.