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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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  • Baroque Sinfonia: Music of Hieronymus & Michael Praetorius

    The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, led by Rotem Gilbert, presents a program of German sacred music by Hieronymus Praetorius and rousing dances from Michael Praetorius’s Terpsichore.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: New and Old, Old and New

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a performance that looks to the past and future in equal measure, featuring an eclectic program that includes Adam Silverman’s Hard Knocks, Wallingford Riegger’s Music for Brass, Op. 45, Carl Reinecke’s Octet, Morton Gould’s “Marches” from West Point Symphony, and Thornton Composition student Ryan Lindveit’s Like an Altar with Nine Thousand Robot Attendants. Program: Adam Silverman – Hard Knocks Wallingford Riegger – Music for Brass, Op. 45 Ryan Lindveit – Like an Altar with Nine Thousand Robot Attendants Carl Reinecke – Octet Morton Gould – “Marches” from West Point Symphony

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Faculty Recital with David Howard and Shawn Mouser

    Renowned Winds & Percussion faculty members David Howard, clarinet, and Shawn Mouser, bassoon, collaborate in a joint recital featuring the Sextet for Winds by Beethoven and the Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon by Francis Poulenc. Program: Ludwig van Beethoven - Sextet for Winds Francis Poulenc - Sonanta for Clarinet and Bassoon

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Drum Day

    The USC Thornton Community Engagement Programs celebrates the diversity and universality of the percussion family of musical instruments. The day-long event will offer clinics, demonstrations, and participatory drumming sessions in a variety of different styles and traditions.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Made in America

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a celebration of American composers, featuring faculty member James Walker in David Mairs' American Flute Salute. Other pieces include Morton Gould’s American Salute, Mason Bates’ Mothership, Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, and Darius Milhaud’s La création du monde (Creation of the World). Program: Morton Gould – American Salute David Mairs - American Flute Salute (featuring James Walker, flute) Mason Bates – Mothership Leonard Bernstein – Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Darius Milhaud – La création du monde (Creation of the World)

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Percussion Ensemble: Into the Unknown

    Joseph Pereira, Thornton faculty member and principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leads the Percussion Ensemble in a program including David Lang's The So-Called Laws of Nature, a work by Isaac Schankler, and more.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival

    Faculty member Karen Dreyfus leads a two-day festival of chamber music featuring performances from students across the Classical Performance and Composition Division. The USC Thornton Chamber Music Festival is a two-day student performance program, which includes the following events: Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival

    Faculty member Karen Dreyfus leads a two-day festival of chamber music featuring performances from students across the Classical Performance and Composition Division. The USC Thornton Chamber Music Festival is a two-day student performance program, which includes the following events: Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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