Chamber Music

Overview

A vital part of the Classical Division curriculum at USC Thornton, the Chamber Music program promotes a dedication to the life-long skill of collaboration, both musically and interpersonally. Students delve into a rich repertoire of chamber music spanning the classical composers to the present, with ensembles forming organically and under the guidance of faculty. There are ample opportunities for coachings, masterclasses and performances, including a bi-annual Chamber Music Festival.

Students are encouraged to develop their performance skills both on-campus and beyond, at venues including the Midnight Mission, Doheny Mansion, the Annenberg Beach House, and the annual “Stars of Tomorrow from the USC Thornton School” community concert series. Each year, USC Thornton students are also selected to perform in a French chamber music festival.

Eminent artists, including the Orion String Quartet, violinists Pamela Frank and Arnold Steinhardt, violist Michael Tree, cellists Clive Greensmith and Paul Katz, and composer Thomas Adès, have presented seminars and masterclasses for Chamber Music students. And the program will welcome Emmy-winning actor, director, screenwriter Alan Alda for a special workshop in 2018.

Karen Dreyfus
Director, Chamber Music Program

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Upcoming events

  • Polish Music Spring: Młoda Polska (Young Poland)

    As part of Poland's 2018 Centennial Celebration, the Polish Music Center presents a spring concert of music by composers of the Młoda Polska (Young Poland) generation, whose works are typified by the modernist and neo-romantic aesthetic of pre-war occupied Poland. Composers on the program will include such luminaries as Noskowski, Paderewski, Stojowski, Szymanowski, Zarębski and Żeleński. The performers—violinist Maria Sławek and pianists Grzegorz Mania and Piotr Różański—are members of the Polish Society of Chamber Musicians, an active group of excellent young musicians who perform and educate around the world.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Thornton Edge: Stephen Hartke Piano Concerto

    Donald Crockett leads the Thornton Edge new music ensemble in the West Coast premiere of Stephen Hartke's concerto for piano and ensemble, featuring pianist Xak Bjerken as soloist. Hartke's concerto is co-commissioned by USC Thornton and the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble.

    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. 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)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Vocal Arts

    As part of a three-day festival, Vocal Arts students collaborate with student instrumentalists in repertoire from the Classical Era to the 21st century under the direction of Lisa Sylvester. 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)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    As the culmination of a three-day festival, USC Thornton's Strings students present chamber music repertoire from the Classical Era to the 21st century under the direction of Karen Dreyfus. 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)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    As the culmination of a three-day festival, USC Thornton's Strings students present chamber music repertoire from the Classical Era to the 21st century under the direction of Karen Dreyfus. 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)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    As the culmination of a three-day festival, USC Thornton's Strings students present chamber music repertoire from the Classical Era to the 21st century under the direction of Karen Dreyfus. 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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    Student chamber duo wins prizes in Boulder

    February 22, 2017

    Cellist Coleman Itzkoff and pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan (’12, MM ’14, piano), who perform as the Amicus Duo, recently earned top prizes at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, winning second prize overall and a special prize for best performance of Arthur Gottschalk’s Some Assembly Required. The USC Thornton student duo… read more

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