Strings

Overview

The USC Thornton Strings department is a nationally distinguished top-tier program. Its eminent artist-teachers are distinguished in both individual instruction and coaching for chamber music. Exceptional standards of professionalism in performance and teaching have been upheld for more than a century by a faculty that has included Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and William Primrose.

Strings students will have the opportunity to participate in the varied, professional-level performance groups on campus, including the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and many prize-winning chamber ensembles.

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Upcoming events

  • Thornton Edge

    Donald Crocket leads the USC Thornton Edge new music group in a program of modern works for large ensemble.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Concerto Night with the USC Thornton Symphony

    Guest conductor Andrés Cárdenes, artistic director of the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the annual Concerto Night, showcasing three outstanding student soloists.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra: Haydn & Ravel

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra in a joyful program, featuring Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and Mother Goose Suite, along with Haydn's sparkling Symphony No. 88.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)


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    Students, faculty, and alumni featured in Mozart summer festivals

    May 31, 2018

    USC Thornton students, faculty, and alumni will be featured in Mozart festivals on both coasts this summer. Beginning June 1st, the Mainly Mozart Festival takes over venues across San Diego County for its 30th anniversary season. On June 7th, Martin Chalifour, Thornton faculty member and concertmaster of the Los Angeles… read more

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