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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  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    USC Thornton’s exceptional Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

    Donald Crockett, chair of the Composition program, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by Thornton student composers.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    USC Thornton’s exceptional Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    USC Thornton’s exceptional Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony presents Mahler's 5th

    Guest conductor Yoav Talmi leads the USC Thornton Symphony on a journey from the infernal to the transcendental with Gustav Mahler's awe-inspiring Fifth Symphony.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Cello Masterclass & Performance with Colin Carr

    British cellist Colin Carr, renowned soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, performs two Bach Suites and mentors aspiring young artists on the fine points of this great canon of works.

    USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

  • Strings: Chamber Music Showcase

    Select chamber music ensembles from the Strings program perform movements from classic repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Bach Solo Competition Finals

    A panel of three eminent external adjudicators will hear selected Strings student finalists performing complete sonatas, partitas and suites of Johann Sebastian Bach.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Symphony and Choral Artists present Beethoven's 9th

    The USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Choral Artists join forces to perform one of the great Classical masterworks, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Completed in 1824, Beethoven’s final published symphony features the largest orchestra ever assembled by the composer and the now-iconic final movement, with a full chorus singing “Ode to Joy”—a fitting title for such a revelatory piece of music. Maestro Carl St.Clair, artistic leader of the USC Thornton Orchestra Program, will conduct the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and the USC Thornton Concert Choir as they perform one of the most beloved symphonies ever written. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: the Arts & Humanities Initiative

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Strings: Open Performance Evening

    Outstanding students of Thornton’s Strings program present an evening of solo and chamber performances.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Considering Matthew Shepard: A Chamber Music Performance

    Composer Craig Hella Johnson leads the USC Thornton Chamber Singers in his oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard, the story of a young man who was beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die because he was gay. The 1998 murder of Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard brought international attention to hate-crimes perpetrated against the LGBTQ community. Shepard’s life and legacy are remembered in Considering Matthew Shepard, the new passion/oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson, one of today’s most influential choral composers. This exquisite and moving chamber work, performed by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, soloists, and instrumentalists, reminds us that we must embrace differences and disrupt violence. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the composer and representatives of the USC Office of Religious Life and the LGBTQ community. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Strings: Open Performance Evening

    Outstanding students of Thornton’s Strings program present an evening of solo and chamber performances.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)


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    Gabriel Martins wins second place at the Sphinx Competition

    February 6, 2018

    Gabriel Martins, a junior cellist at USC Thornton, earned a prize for the second year in a row at the Sphinx Competition, a national event for Black and Latino classical string players. Martins took second place, earning a $20,000 award, but was the top cellist. Violinist Rubén Rengel won the… read more

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