Winds & Percussion


The USC Thornton Winds & 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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Upcoming events

  • Music@RushHour: Brass Spectacular

    Student ensembles from Thornton's extraordinary brass programs showcase their skills in a wide-ranging program. Relax and skip the traffic with a free concert of music by USC Thornton students, followed by complimentary refreshments.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • 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)

  • USC Thornton Percussion Group

    Joseph Pereira, USC Thornton faculty member and principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leads the Percussion Group in a program of contemporary works.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • 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)

  • Gina Luciani: Launching Careers Through Social Media

    USC Thornton alumna Gina Luciani, a thriving studio musician with a large following on social media, will speak on using social media to maximize networking and to launch careers. Since earning her Master's degree in flute performance in 2013, Luciani has worked steadily as a session musician while offering professional remote recordings and lessons from her home studio. She’s also launched several channels on social media, sharing her professional and personal activities that have grown into her own active, personal brand. This event is sponsored by the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion program.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in the premiere of faculty member Frank Ticheli’s Serenade for Kristin, with oboe soloist Kristin Reynolds, among works by Mark Kilstofte, Paul Hindemith, and William Walton. PROGRAM: Mark Kilstofte - Ballistic Etude No. 1: A Frickin' Fanfare Frank Ticheli - Serenade for Kristin Paul Hindemith - Konzertmusik, Op. 41 William Walton - Façade

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Winds & Percussion

    As part of a three-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Winds & Percussion - Mon., Apr. 23 at 4:30PM Vocal Arts - Tue., Apr. 24 at 5:30PM Strings - Tue., Apr. 24 at 7:30PM Strings - Wed., Apr. 25 at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

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