Percussion Ensemble

Joseph Pereira, Director


Utilizing a wide range of percussion instruments—from the standard to the exotic—the USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble, directed by Joseph Pereira, presents a diverse range of musical styles. The group has premiered many new works and has had music composed specifically for it by artists such as Robert Applebaum, Alejandro Vinao, Michael Abels, Frederick Lesemann and Erica Muhl. The Percussion Ensemble’s repertoire features compositions by John Cage, Lou Harrison, Arthur Jarvinen, Edmund Campion, Mario Davidovsky, USC Thornton Composition faculty member Stephen Hartke, Elliott Carter, Gérard Grisey, John Bergamo, Ondřej Adámek, Anthony Pateras, Franco Donatoni, ensemble director and principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philhamonic Joseph Pereira, Rolf Wallin, Lukas Ligeti, Fritz Hauser, Daniel Levitan, Nigel Westlake, Toru Takamitsu, and Oscar Bettison.