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Winds and Percussion

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The USC Thornton Winds and Percussion faculty consists of artists and teachers of national and international regard, and provides a level of artistic and technical development virtually unmatched in the United States. Emphasis on all aspects of performance, combined with broad musical preparation, produces graduates who are concert artists, recording artists for major motion picture and television studios, performers in major orchestras and ensembles, and members of the faculties of music schools throughout the world.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as non-degree certificates, are offered in: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion.

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  • USC Thornton Symphony: Tchaikovsky's Fourth

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a theatrical and musical presentation of Tchaikovsky’s impassioned Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. The emotional urgency of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, is said to reflect the composer's struggles with health issues, a failed marriage, blackmail, his brother’s criminal activities, money problems, closeted homosexuality, and vicious rumors. In this performance, actors will bring Tchaikovsky's melodrama to vivid life with readings from his correspondences and program notes as the music unfolds. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Dance as Music

    Drawing inspiration from dance, Sharon Lavery conducts the USC Thornton Symphony in two works originally conceived as ballet: Stravinsky's Petrushka and Ravel's Boléro.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Faculty Recital: Antoinette Perry, Michele Zukovsky, James Walker & Ben Hong

    Pianist Antoinette Perry will be joined by faculty members Michele Zukovsky, clarinet, James Walker, flute, and Ben Hong, cello, in a wide-ranging chamber music recital. The program will include Beethoven's Bagatelles, Op. 119 for piano; Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Clarinet Sonata, Op. 28; Jon Kimura Parker's Pan Dreams for flute and piano; and Brahms' Clarinet Trio, Op. 114.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Thornton Edge

    Donald Crockett leads the Thornton Edge new music ensemble in a program of contemporary works by distinguished British and American composers. The performance will feature Harrison Birtwistle's Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum and Breakfast Rhythms by Joan Tower.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    The program opens with Karel Husa's Smetana Fanfare and William Schuman's George Washington Bridge, followed by Vaughan Williams Folksong Suite, featuring a guest singer. In the second half of the program, the ensemble will perform Beethoven's Octet, Paul Dooley's Mavericks, and Hindemith's “March" from Symphonic Metamorphosis.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Baroque Sinfonia: In stile moderno

    Rotem Gilbert leads the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia in a program of virtuosic music from seventeenth-century Italy. The concert will feature virtuosic Italian music by Claudio Monteverdi, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Barbara Strozzi, Luca Marenzio and Dario Castello, as well as a fiery Vivaldi bassoon concerto performed by Leah Kohn.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • 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 student composers. Over the past 25 years, the New Music for Orchestra (NMO) event has premiered more than 125 compositions, often leading to professional commissions and international recognition.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Percussion Ensemble

    Joseph Pereira, Thornton faculty member and principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leads the Percussion Ensemble in a wide-ranging program.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Songs & Dances

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the Wind Ensemble in a program of songs and dances, with guest pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald. The concert opens with Roberto Sierra's Tumbao, followed by Ernst von Dohnanyi's Variations on a Nursery Song, featuring guest pianist and USC Thornton faculty member, Kevin Fitz-Gerald. The second half of the program will include Leslie Bassett's Lullaby for Kirsten, Donald Grantham's Phantasticke Spirites, and Five American and Greek Dances by Robert Russell Bennett & Nikos Skalkottas.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Composition Showcase

    The Composition department presents two concerts featuring new solo, chamber and vocal works by student composers. The celebrated program has included Pulitzer Prize finalists and major award winners among its recent alumni. The first program will take place at 3:00 PM and the second at 7:00 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Composition Showcase

    The Composition department presents two concerts featuring new solo, chamber and vocal works by student composers. The celebrated program has included Pulitzer Prize finalists and major award winners among its recent alumni. The first program will take place at 3:00 PM and the second at 7:00 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Collegium Workshop: The Songbook of Anna of Cologne

    Adam Gilbert leads the Collegium Workshop in The Songbook of Anna of Cologne, a testimonial to the spiritual life of the German Rhineland in the Late Middle Ages. The program features German songs of devotion collected by Anna of Cologne, a follower of the “Modern Devotion” religious movement, around 1500 AD.

    United University Church (UUC)


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    Conservatory building named in honor of alumnus Robert L. Annis

    August 1, 2016

    Westminster Choir College, a music conservatory associated with Rider University of Princeton, New Jersey, has named its Playhouse venue in honor of Robert L. Annis (MM ’74, clarinet), an alumnus of USC Thornton, who served as Choir College’s dean from 1992-2014. The historical Playhouse, which was renovated in 2015, has… read more

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