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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Spotlights

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Upcoming events

  • Vive La France: A Collaborative Chamber Music Recital

    Karen Dreyfus, director of chamber music at Thornton, leads faculty and students of the Division of Classical Performance and Composition in a program of French chamber music, featuring the Poulenc Trio, Saint-Saens Septet, and Franck Piano Quintet. Faculty performers include Bernadene Blaha, Glenn Dicterow, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Ben Hong, Thomas Hooten, Bing Wang, and Michele Zukovsky. They will be joined by Thornton students Lieza Hansen, Coleman Itkoff, Mann-Wen Lo, Sam Shukan, Justin Woo, and more.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Open Performance Evening

    Students of Thornton's Strings program present an evening of solo and chamber performances.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Ian Swensen

    Ian Swensen, currently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, leads a chamber music masterclass with outstanding Thornton students.

    USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

  • CollabFest@USC: Keyboard Collaborative Arts

    In the culminating event for CollabFest@USC, a day-long symposium of masterclasses and colloquium 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. Alumni 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.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Showcase

    Chamber music ensembles from the Strings program perform movements from classic repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • 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)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Vocal Arts

    Lisa Sylvester leads students in the Vocal Arts department in an evening of vocal works from across the centuries in collaboration with instrumental performers.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Karen Dreyfus, director of chamber music at Thornton, leads students from the Strings department in two days of chamber works as part of this newly-revamped three-day festival. Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, November 29 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Karen Dreyfus, director of chamber music at Thornton, leads students from the Strings department in two days of chamber works as part of this newly-revamped three-day festival. Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, November 29 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Karen Dreyfus, director of chamber music at Thornton, leads students from the Strings department in two days of chamber works as part of this newly-revamped three-day festival. Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, November 29 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    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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