Winds & Percussion

Overview

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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  • Thomas Hooten Faculty Recital

    Thomas Hooten, USC Thornton faculty member and principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, presents an intimate evening of classical works.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: A Night of Firsts

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a performance that features the premieres of Frank Ticheli’s Silver Lining Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble with soloist James Walker, and Boyde Hood’s fanfare, Autunno Toscana. Jean Francaix’s Sept Danses, Eugene Zador’s Suite for Brass, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s Music for Winds round out an extraordinary concert.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • CollabFest@USC: Keyboard Collaborative Arts

    In the culminating event for CollabFest@USC, a day-long symposium of masterclasses and colloquia presented by the Keyboard Studies department, alumni and guest artists will perform classics from the vocal and instrumental music repertoire, including a world premiere by Alan L. Smith. Performers include pianists Joel Clifft, Mitsuko Morikawa, Elvia Puccinelli, and Lisa Sylvester along with guest artists including soprano Kathleen Roland, violinist Alex Russell, and flutist James Walker. PROGRAM: Strauss Lieder - Elvia Puccinelli, piano, Molly Fillmore, sopranoOlivier Messiaen - Thėme and Variations - Joel Clifft, piano, Alex Russell, violinAlan Smith - And With Such Boldness - Lisa Sylvester, piano, Kathleen Roland, soprano, Alex Russel, violin *World PremiereMike Mower - Deviations on the Carnival of Venice - Mitsuko Morikawa, piano, James Walker, fluteFor more information about the day-long CollabFest@USC conference event, click here.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble: The Journey

    Joseph Pereira, USC Thornton faculty member and principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leads the Percussion Ensemble in works by living composers including Ondreij Adamek, Chou Wen-Chung, Panayiotis Kokoras, and Michael Van der Aa.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • 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.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Winter Gala: Brightest and Best

    Celebrate the holidays in elegant style with the annual Brightest & Best winter gala, a scholarship fundraiser that provides substantial support for USC Thornton students. The event will feature 250 singers and instrumentalists ringing in the season with carols and songs in an evening of pageantry for the entire community to enjoy. For ticket information about this scholarship fundraiser, call (213) 740-6474, or visit music.usc.edu/wintergala

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Beethoven’s 9th: The USC Thornton Symphony & USC Thornton Choral Artists

    The USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Choral Artists join forces to perform one of the great masterworks of late Classical music, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. 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 and Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Considering Matthew Shepard: A Chamber Music Performance

    The life and legacy of Matthew Shepard—a college student was beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die in a Wyoming field because he was gay—are remembered in Considering Matthew Shepard, the new passion/oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson, one of today’s most influential voices in choral music. 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)


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    Jim Self releases new CD that includes a one-of-a-kind instrument, the fluba

    October 10, 2017

    USC Thornton Winds & Percussion faculty member Jim Self, a tuba player widely-known for his performances on over 1500 film soundtracks, has released a new album with guitarist John Chiodini. Floating in Winter includes several tracks featuring the fluba, a one-of-a-kind instrument that combines the tuba with qualities of the… read more

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